New York Children's Theater Festival Accepting Submissions for Spring 2013 Productions

Submissions for The New York Children's Theater Festival will be accepted October 1 through November 12, 2012, it was announced today by Festival co-founders Michael Shawn Lewis, Chelsey Shannon and Renee Barnett.  In its second year, The New York Children's Theater Festival provides a birthplace in New York City for new live children's entertainment from around the globe, and serves as a platform for writers and producers who are passionate about developing innovative theatrical experiences for children. 

According to Lewis, "Our first season was a success and we saw some fabulous original productions.  We are excited to grow even stronger this year and bring four shows to family audiences in New York.  We encourage any playwright, anywhere in the world to send us their submissions of entertaining, original, exciting works for kids.  Our team is ready to be dazzled by the quality and scope of work we know is out there."   

The Festival is offering an early submission discount for entries received by October 12.  There is a $20 fee October 1 to 12; $25 for those received Oct 13 to Nov 12.  The four winners will be notified December 15, 2012. 

The aim of The New York Children's Theater Festival remains to greatly widen the spectrum of existing theater offerings for children and bring new respect and heightened awareness to the art form and the artists involved.   Lewis says, "We hope this festival will bridge the missing link within the theater community and help foster the growth of theater audiences of all ages." 

The inaugural Festival last year reached over 1,000 audience members and has already seen results for its participants: Go Green! received Honorable Mention in the Jackie White Memorial National Children's Playwriting Contest (Columbia Entertainment Company, Columbia, MO), and Scheme of the Super Bullies is in the planning stages of launching a local tour through The Sarah Lawrence College Theatre Outreach Program. 

The New York Children's Theater Festival will premiere April 19, 2013 and run through May 12, 2013. It will feature four winning submissions who will produce their works for the New York City stage.   Musicals, plays, puppetry, event presentations, and any other live theatrical form of children's entertainment are encouraged.  Work that has been previously produced may also be submitted for consideration.  For submission forms and details, visit

All submissions will be read by a team of 30 industry professionals including artists, writers, producers and designers from leading national theaters, Broadway, and children's television.  The finalists will be judged by a Festival Panel of ten top industry leaders including Michael Jung, Vice President of Theatrical Development at Walt Disney Imagineering, and John Tartaglia who has been nominated for an Emmy Award (creator, star of Disney Channel's Johnny and the Sprites), Tony Award (Broadway's Avenue Q), and Drama Desk Award (creator, producer, and voices for John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean).

The New York Children's Theater Festival is filing as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. More at

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