The Midtown InterNational Theatre Festival (MITF) presents the fourth annual MITF Symposium on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 6pm at The June Havoc Theatre in the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 W 36th St., first floor, NYC. Admission is FREE but reservations are requested (E-mail to midtownFestival@gmail.com).
This year's Symposium will feature a panel of Festival staff and previous Festival participants. The panel will discuss the Festival and why to produce in it. There will be a short presentation followed by a question-and-answer session; the panelists will also be available after the Symposium to address individual concerns. The Symposium, true to its name ("drinking together," in Greek) will end with a wine and cheese reception in the upper lobby of the theatre.
"The panel will illustrate for self-Producing Artists and would-be Off-Broadway producers why the MITF is a valid alternative to bigger festivals," said John Chatterton, executive producer of the MITF. "I also want to spread the word of all the free stuff we'll be giving away this season. Theatre, even at the lowest level, is too expensive to produce in New York City, and we're doing everything we can to make it easier." This year's Festival will offer, for the first time, the following FREE items:
20 hours FREE rehearsal time
FREE external storage, availability permitting
FREE marketing consultation
FREE showcase insurance
NO side letter with Equity, so NO hidden costs
Festival participants COMPED to each other's shows
FREE wine and cheese (while supplies last LOL)
The Festival accepts submissions in all genres - any sort of stage play, musical or otherwise, new or classic, mainstream or specifically focused on an ethnic or cultural niche. To be eligible, each show must have a producer and production team attached to the project. In addition, the MITF will include a Short Subjects division, much expanded from previous years.
Mr. Chatterton created the MITF in 2000, a Midtown alternative to other theatre festivals, as a way to present the finest off-off Broadway talent in convenience, comfort, and safety. The MITF's artistic emphasis is on the script itself, and therefore the Festival focuses on minimal production values.