Arizona Theatre Matters Announces A Call For Artists For We Ain't Done Yet Theatre Festival

Arizona Theatre Matters Announces A Call For Artists For We Ain't Done Yet Theatre Festival
Jeanmarie (Simpson) Bishop
on stage in A Single Woman
at NYC's Culture Project in 2005

Arizona Theatre Matters announces a call for actors, directors and playwrights, for their first annual We Ain't Done Yet Theatre Festival at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 9am-10pm November 9, 2019.

The all-day festival is a Pay What You Can event, and Phoenix Center for the Arts is ADA Accessible.

In addition to performances, the event features panel discussions, food and drink and networking opportunities for performers, playwrights and patrons.

The festival showcases some of the Valley's most accomplished, virtuosic performers. ATM calls for Phoenix Metro area artists to get involved in two ways - by responding to the call for performers and directors and by submitting 10-minute plays. Both calls are opportunities for a new collective of artists to collaborate and to increase access for women over 40 to dynamic theatre created just for them - and for audiences to discover the untapped brilliance of the majority population of theatre artists worldwide.

ATM's call for creative artists will generate a directory of Phoenix Metro area woman artists aged 40 and beyond. The goal is both to expand our current pool of artists for next year's festival and to increase awareness of the depth and breadth of talent in the constellation of regional elder woman performers. ALL PERFORMANCES WILL BE SIGNED AND DESCRIBED. ARTISTS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE.

Actors and Directors must send an email to by February 15th and include a short bio in the body of the message. Artists should indicate their desire to work on one or multiple plays, and share general schedule details, especially over the summer and into the fall.

In addition to Pamela Sterling's new tour de force Louisa May Alcott - the power of a woman, other invited solo performers and original short works, the festival will feature a woman-only, ensemble production of A Single Woman. There are dozens of historical characters in the show and can be played from just one additional actor to an ensemble of up to 20 - the shape of the ATM ensemble production will depend on the response, so artists are encouraged to mention their interested in participating in that exciting highlight of the festival. All artists will receive honoraria.

According to festival organizers, all roles will be played by "women of an age," with characters all over the human spectrum, including the historical luminaries Coretta Scott King, John F. Kennedy, Speaker Sam Rayburn, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Maury Maverick, Fiorello LaGuardia, Harry Truman, "Uncle Joe" Cannon, Carrie Chapman Catt and Alice Paul.

ATM's call for 10 Minute Plays offers playwrights the opportunity to submit for consideration one-act plays with running times of no more than 10 minutes. There will be 3 scripts chosen for the festival. All chosen playwrights will receive honoraria.

Playwrights of all ages and genders are encouraged to submit. PDF scripts will be accepted via electronic submissions only, All scripts must have the playwright's name, address, e-mail address and telephone number on the title page. To be accepted scripts must be original and unpublished, written in generally accepted playscript format, have a running time of not more than 10 minutes, be a comedy, drama, mystery or thriller containing ONLY characters written for woman actors over 40, and be received no later than midnight Arizona time March 1, 2019.

More about Arizona Theatre Matters can be found on their website.

Photo Credit: Cynthia Schwartz

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