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Reverb Theatre Arts Festival

Reverb Theatre Arts Festival

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What is Reverb?

A space for artists with disabilities ages 16+ to devise and share new works of theatre on a virtual platform.

A Q&A Session for applicants took place in early December. A recording of this session can be viewed here.

Though applications are now closed, all are invited to attend the Festival Screening and Talkback on Thursday, March 25. Save the date and watch this space for more details.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED? WHAT ARE THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS? WHO ARE THE REVERB COLLABORATING ARTISTS? WHAT IS REVERB'S TIMELINE? WHO ARE OUR PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS? QUESTIONS

Get Involved

Though applications are now closed, all are invited to attend the Festival Screening and Talkback on Thursday, March 25. Save the date and watch this space for more details.

  1. Submit a draft piece of theatre based on creative prompts around the theme of Connection. This draft may be a video (up to 5 minutes long, maximum) or a script (up to 5 pages, maximum). Please note the application requirements below.
  2. A panel of adjudicators from the organizations above will review these submissions and select a maximum of twenty (20) people to participate in the Festival. 
  3. Selected Participants will then develop their draft pieces alongside Collaborating Artists working in the industry and receive a stipend of $850.
  4. Developed pieces will be shared in a Virtual Festival!

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be people who identify as artists with disabilities. We seek to include as wide and diverse a range of artists as possible. People of color, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must be age 16+.
  • Applicants must submit a draft piece of theatre based on creative prompts around the theme of Connection. Feel free to use these prompts to inspire your art making.
    • Performance pieces (original monologue, spoken word, dance* or music selection*) must be 5 minutes maximum.
      *Dance pieces must be performed to original music. Music selections must be original work. Contact reverb@roundabouttheatre.org if you have any questions.
    • Scripts must be 5 pages maximum.
  • Applicants must be available for Festival and meeting dates, listed below.

We encourage you to preview the application in advance. Check out the Reverb Application Guide here.

Application is compatible with screen readers, has no time limits on the web page, and live tech support from the submission platform, Submittable. Please reach out to reverb@roundabouttheatre.org for additional accommodations.

Reverb Collaborating Artists

Collaborating Artists to be announced.

Timeline

Monday, November 30, 2020 through Thursday, March 25, 2021

  • A Q&A Session for applicants took place in early December. A recording of this session can be viewed here.
  • Submission Deadline: Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:59pm EST
  • Announcement of Selected Participants: Friday, January 15, 2021
  • Virtual Festival Screening: Monday, March 22, 2021
  • Artist Talkback: EST Evening of Thursday, March 25, 2021
  • Encore Performances available on Youtube after Monday, March 22, 2021

All meetings and events will include ASL interpretation and live captioning. Please reach out to reverb@roundabouttheatre.org for additional accommodations.

Partner Organizations

Questions

A Q&A Session for applicants took place in early December. A recording of this session can be viewed here.

Please consult this page for Frequently Asked Questions.

All meetings and events will include live captioning. Please reach out to reverb@roundabouttheatre.org for additional accommodations, including ASL interpretation.

Contact reverb@roundabouttheatre.org with any question or for additional access requests.

"Mr. Obama’s own storytelling powers and ... his belief that, in these divided times, 'storytelling and literature are more important than ever,' adding that "we need to explain to each other who we are and where we’re going."

—Michiko Kakutani from the New York Times article, "Obama, the Best-Selling Author, on Reading, Writing and Radical Empathy"

Support for the Reverb Theatre Arts Festival is provided by the J. L. Greene Arts Access Fund in The New York Community Trust.