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Testimonials

Sandra Seaton, Playwright

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 2015

"I was thrilled and honored to have my work chosen for the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival. The materials, communication, and excellent website information were all testimonials to your extraordinary organizational skills. The reports of our cast, as well as other Festival attendees, all mentioned how beautifully coordinated everything was.  Your amazing vision as Producer and Artistic Director of the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is truly impressive. Warm best wishes and thanks for all you do."     - Sandra Seaton, Nationally acclaimed playwright and winner of the distinguished Mark Twain Award 

Roz Ayers-Williams, Playwright (In-Memoriam)

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival  2015, 2017

"I’d like to once again thank you and the festival committee for the opportunity to be onstage as part of your awesome festival.  I have had other works read or produced in past events, but none as prestigious or professionally conducted as yours.  It pushed me to new heights, pulling in a top director and cast worthy of a full production.  And I enjoyed the experience immensely.  ...All questions were answered, all problems were resolved cheerfully and efficiently.  I enjoyed working with such pros."  -Roz Ayers-Williams, Acclaimed playwright and winner of Black Women in Jazz Award for Playwriting; Former Senior Editor for Black Enterprise Magazine.

Alia Jones-Harvey, Broadway Producer

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival Award Recipient 2014

 "I continue to reflect on the amazing weekend of theater you visioned and manifested in Atlanta!  It is indeed a testament to your skills as a producer that such a magnificent event came into existence.  Thank you for including me in it and reaching out to Spelman to be included.  It was an excellent opportunity to share and learn."  -Alia Jones-Harvey, Olivier Award winner, Tony Nominee and Acclaimed Broadway Producer (Broadway Producing Credits: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof starring James Earl Jones, Trip to Bountiful starring Cicely Tyson, Eclipsed starring Lupita Nyong'o) 

2019 Submission information (revised)

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 2015

Overview

The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is a world-class, self-producing platform where authors, playwrights, musicians and artists from all over the globe showcase their work in Atlanta. The festival is professionally managed by Micah 6-8 Media, LLC.


We aim to create and expand opportunities for seasoned and emerging artists to affordably produce and present their work to thousands of theatre and art lovers. We will happily consider all types of submissions; however, we especially seek cutting edge, original productions from people of color and marginalized ethnic backgrounds. We do NOT exclude anyone based on race or ethnic origin.


Acceptance to the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is highly competitive. Our audiences consist of producers, directors, artists and patrons from all over the world seeking unique yet quality artistic experiences.  Please present your best possible, completed submission package for consideration. 

It is also important to note that in this digital age, your success has nothing to do with where you are located. Our most successful producers tour from out of state. They do however, plan their work and work their plan to reap the benefits. We'll be happy to share the best practices that have garnered the most successful producers a full house.


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Criteria for Acceptance

All submissions are automatically considered for all categories. We'll  contact you, if we feel you'd be better suited elsewhere for programming purposes.  Submissions are judged by a jury of patrons, volunteers and festival staff and accepted based on the following:


Artistic Quality (40 points)

  • Innovative and creative.
  • Unique and well developed as submitted.
  • Demonstrated ability to present quality artistic work with a bonafide commitment to diversity.
  • Captivating title, intriguing synopsis and theme with high public appeal.

Production Value (30 points)

  • Low impact minimum set (ie, ease of load-in/strike/load-out).
  • Total run time (w/o intermission) is compliant with category.
  • Capable and adequate production staff.

Administrative Capability (30 points)

  • Capacity to meet Festival objectives  within the established structure and framework.
  • Evidence of the capacity to execute an effective marketing plan for ticket sales and/or promotion.
  • Capacity to work cooperatively and professionally with all Festival staff and volunteers in a high pressured stressful environment.

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Submission Categories

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 2018

FULL PERFORMANCES (FP)

Full Performances (FPs) are Atlanta Black Theatre Festival  highlights. We are a self-producing festival. This means there is a participation fee for each performance and 100% of the base ticket* proceeds belong to you, the producer. We are seeking seasoned producers to present high quality performances with low impact set requirements. All FP submissions are placed on the festival schedule based on the suitability of the performance for that date, time and setting and the availability of space. Full Performances take place on one of two stages: 


  Main Stage - Additional Criteria: 

  • Max. Running Time: <90 mins. (no intermission)
  • The Producer must have a history of at least two (2) performances in front of a live audience. 
  • The play submitted must NOT have any performances scheduled in the state of Georgia in 2019.
  • Participation Fee for Each Performance: $2,150
  • Max Seating Capacity: 500
  • Basic Ticket Price Cap: $22.50
  • Earning Potential @ 450 Seats: up to $10,125

  Black Box - Additional Criteria:

  • Running Time: 40* - 80 mins. (no intermission)
  • Must meet minimum set requirements. Black Box performances are more about the actors' words, movement and artistry; than about sets, lights, excessive props and costumes.
  • Participation Fee for Each Performance: $650 (reg. time); $780 (peak time)
  • Max. Seating Capacity: 140
  • Base Ticket Price: $10 - $16.75 
  • Earning Potential @ 120 Seats: up to $2,010  

IMPORTANT NOTES: Fees are earned when due. Payment plans are available. All fees are subject to change with notice. THE PRODUCER RECEIVES 100% OF THE BASE TICKET PRICE.  Festival fees and surcharges are added to the base ticket price and passed on to the patron to cover administrative costs. 


Participation is 100% at risk. Revenue potential is strictly based on marketing efforts and opportunities for sales created by you, the Producer.  All submissions with a running time of less than 60 minutes may be paired or co-produced (fees and proceeds split) and presented as a double feature.  


Applications MUST include ALL of the following items before being considered for acceptance:

  • Completed Application (see link below) including an uploaded: 
    • YouTube or Vimeo Video link of Performance (does NOT need to be professionally taped or edited).
    • Script in standard industry format (at min. include the first 10 pages of dialogue in pdf).  
  • Non-refundable Application Fee: $35  [PAY HERE]
  •  Deadline: March 1st @ 11:59pm 

Full Performance Application

STAGED READINGS OF ORIGINAL WORKS (SR)

This is a selection of original scripts for  stage, tv or screen in various stages of development. Work that has been fully mounted or produced can also be considered for this category.  Actors are permitted to read from scripts while seated or standing.  A writer's "talk back" following the presentation is required. 


Additional Requirements for Staged Readings: 

  • Participation and Venue Usage Fees: Black Box $165 or Main Stage $195
  • Total Running Time: <75 mins. (no intermission)
  • Max. Seating Capacity: Black Box: 140 or Main Stage: 500

IMPORTANT NOTES: Revenue can be generated via products or services (ie. CDs, DVDs, shirts, books, professional services, etc.) for sale in the Festival Store.   The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival sets ticket prices, if any and retains all admission revenues. We also cover marketing and promotion for ALL Special Events.  


Applications MUST include ALL of the following items before being considered for acceptance:

  • Completed Application (see link below) including an uploaded: 
    • Script in standard industry format (at min. include the first 10 pages of dialogue in pdf). 
  • Non-refundable Application Fee: $25  [PAY HERE]
  • Deadline: March 1st @ 11:59pm

Staged reading Application

SPECIAL EVENT PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES (SE)

This is a varied selection of events presented by independent artists and professional experts. Once approved, these submissions are presented as a part of the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival schedule. Spaces are assigned on a first come basis and according to programming needs until all slots are filled. SEs give artists the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of participation without the associated financial risks. Therefore, all proceeds, if any, are considered fully earned and retained by the Festival. 


We are seeking the following:

  • Acoustic Performers: Singer/Musicians or Bands
  • Poets and Monologue Performances
  • Comedians (Sketch, Improv, Stand-up)
  • Impersonators
  • Art Exhibitors or Demonstrations
  • Dance Troupes
  • Short Plays (20 mins. max.)

Additional Requirements for Special Events:

  • Running Time: 5 - 60 mins. (no intermission)
  • A participation fee may be required. This fee will not exceed $50. 

IMPORTANT NOTES: Revenue can be generated via merchandise (ie. CDs, DVDs, shirts, books, etc.) for sale in the Festival Store (*subject to 20% festival commission on items sold). The Festival sets admission prices, if any, and retains all admission revenues. We also handle marketing and promotion for ALL Special Events.  


Applications MUST include ALL of the following items before being considered for acceptance:

  • Completed Application (see link below) including an uploaded: 
    • YouTube or Vimeo Video Link (does NOT have to be professionally taped or edited)
  • Non-refundable Application Fee: $15 [PAY HERE]
  • Deadline: May 15th @ 11:59pm 

SPECIAL EVENT APPLICATION

CREATIVE CONNECTIONS (CC)

This is a varied selection of workshops, panels, master classes and talks presented by independent teaching artists and professional experts. Once approved, these submissions are presented as a part of the Festival schedule. Spaces are assigned on a first come basis and according to programming needs until all slots are filled. SEs give artists the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of participation without the associated financial risks. Therefore, all proceeds, if any, are considered fully earned and retained by the Festival. 


We are seeking the following:

  • Workshops that offer opportunities for participants to collaborate and engage with other professionals in the field.
  • Master classes that present innovative, cutting-edge or best practices in the industry. 
  • Panels that focus on professional development and skill building. 
  • Presentations ("Ted Like" Talks) that are highly engaging and informative. 

 Additional Requirements for Special Events:

  • Running Time: 5 - 60 mins. (no intermission)
  • A participation fee may be required. This fee will not exceed $50.  

IMPORTANT NOTES: Revenue can be generated via merchandise (ie. CDs, DVDs, shirts, books, etc.) for sale in the Festival Store subject to 20% festival commission on items sold. The Festival sets admission prices, if any, and retains all admission revenues. We also handle marketing and promotion for ALL Creative Connections events  .  


Applications MUST include ALL of the following items before being considered for acceptance:

  • Completed Application (see link below) including an uploaded: 
    • YouTube or Vimeo Video Link (does NOT have to be professionally taped or edited)
  • Non-refundable Application Fee: $15 [PAY HERE] WAIVED IF SUBMITTED BEFORE MARCH 1ST!
  •  Deadline: May 15th @ 11:59pm  

Creative Connections application

DO YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

We are happy to answer any additional questions you have about participating in the 2019 ABTF.  Please join our live Q & A webinar!

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Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 2018

OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU...

Special Perks and Benefits: As a festival participant, we work hard to make sure you and your cast get the most out of this experience.  The ABTF has opened doors to number opportunities. Many  show have gone on to perform Off Broadway, in Harlem (NYC), in other prestigious festivals, and at colleges and universities. Your acceptance affords you to the opportunity to:  

  • acquire perpetual worldwide prestige and recognition as a participant in the ABTF;
  • showcase your best work to other producers and industry representatives in attendance for possible bookings and tours;
  • enjoy industry networking and professional development with the foremost game changers in theatre and digital art producing;
  • gain tremendous exposure and grow your audience;
  • be recognized, acknowledged, and celebrated during the festival and the Celebrity Gala/Awards Ceremony;
  • and as a bonus, you can enjoy complimentary access to many Festival events with your Producer's Red or Presenter's Gold Pass.

Festival Participation Fees include:

  • Venue Space Rental 
  • Cleaning Fees*
  • General Liability Insurance*
  • Light/Sound Equipment Use Fees
  • Overall Festival Marketing
  • Box Office Management
  • Security*
  • One Hour Technical Consultation
  • Cue to Cue Tech Check (for Full Performance participants)
  • Studio Rehearsal Space (2 hrs - first come, based on availability)
  • Front House Management
  • Getting Butts in Seats - Marketing Webinar ($149 value)
  • Your Success at the Fest - Welcome Webinar
  • Discounted and comp tickets to selected events for cast/crew members 
  • Complimentary multi-access pass (Producer's Red $175 value or Presenter's Gold $99 value)

*required by venue


Not included:

  • Sound/Light Board Operators
  • Projector and Screen
  • Lighting design more than basic wash

YOUR COMMITMENT TO YOURSELF...

We'd love to get you started and we know you'll have a blast! First, we want to be sure you have realistic expectations and fully understand what it takes to participate in the ABTF.  This can be a wonderful experience. It is possible to cover related expenses and/or earn a modest profit with good old fashioned hard work and community support. But it's all up to you.  Start planning now. Participation takes time, money and dedication. Be sure to include travel and marketing expenses in your budget. 


It's never too early to begin planning. We suggest you consider attending the ABTF and/or submitting to categories other than the Full Performance category to familiarize yourself with the process, producers and patrons. This will give you a 360 degree view of what to expect. It's also a great way to get plugged-in and network with other artists.  


Although we are happy to share all the tools and best practices needed for a successful run, we have to caution you. Festival producing is not for everyone.  It is very stressful and fast paced. Additionally, every festival is different in format and temperament. Just because you've attended and/or participated in one festival doesn't mean it will be the same. Besides, no one knows your management style, work ethic, or stress tolerance better than you. The same thing applies to your team.  Be HONEST with YOURSELF, ask QUESTIONS and do your HOMEWORK!

 

Hope to see you in October!




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Testimonials

Sardia Robinson, Playwright/Actor

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 2014 - Sardia Robinson

"The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival was the first Festival where I performed my show, and it was the best experience I ever had. Since performing there I've learned so much,  Toni, the staff and crew was wonderful and was there when I needed or when I had any questions.  I was there by myself and never felt that I was alone.   I went on to perform a world tour and I think this is the perfect time to come back.  

Telling stories is what I am about especially stories that need to be told.  ABTF provides that platform and I am  so grateful for that." 

Kevvin Taylor, Producer/Director

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 2018 -Producer Kevvin Taylor

"We're so grateful and honored to have our play recognized by such a prominent theatre festival. We made history by telling herstory!  The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is a powerhouse; a class-act!  From moving main stage performances to magnetic master classes; from stimulating stage readings to splendid special events.  The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival gives the next generation of theatre professionals a platform to share, connect and build.  

The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival weaves a unique fabric of hope in Black Theatre!  Bravo!" 

Rory D. Sheriff, Producer/Director

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival 2016 -Rory Sheriff

"BNS Productions was excited and pleased with our first experience at the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival in 2016. The staff was very helpful, the networking was amazing and the workshops were super helpful to both the staff and cast members."