Bay Street Theater and the Sag Harbor Center for the Arts have announced that submissions for the 9th Annual Title Wave: 2023 New Works Festival are open for plays and musicals. Submissions remain open until Tuesday, November 15, or once the first 300 are received, whichever comes first. The festival, scheduled for May 5-7, 2023, is a unique showcase of cutting-edge theatre, with staged readings, talks and critical discussions.

To access the 2023 New Releases Festival submission form, click HERE.

For photos of the Festival of New Works 2022, click HERE.

Writers from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply, as the Bay Street Theater seeks to provide an opportunity for playwrights with a wide range of voices, viewpoints, cultures and styles. The festival will allow writers to hone their work by collaborating with directors and actors in an engaging setting. Selected shows will receive dramaturgical notes from Bay Street’s artistic direction and rehearsal time in New York to prepare for a live reading and audience feedback session at Bay Street’s Sag Harbor Theater.

The festival is a process of growth and development not only for playwrights and their works, but also for the Bay Street creative team as they seek to learn new talent. Double Helix, a new musical from Madeline Myers that was selected during the 2022 New Works Festival, premieres as part of Bay Street’s 2023 Mainstage season.

Pieces considered should be in development and at a stage where adding in-person creations can be used to their full potential. The festival is a collaborative process where writers are invited to learn from their actors and directors to help them evolve their show.

Throws of two to eight are ideal. Concepts and creative directions that are not suitable for the festival include plays that do not constitute a theater night per se, plays for young audiences, or trauma porn.

Creators can only submit one work per year. Selected playwrights will need to find their own transportation and accommodation in New York. Bay Street will provide transportation from New York to Sag Harbor for the staged show.

Playwrights can find more information regarding the submission guidelines and process by visiting baystreet.org or by emailing Bay Street Literary Director Hope Villanueva at [email protected]

Bay Street Theater is a year-round professional theater and non-profit community cultural center that strives to innovate, educate and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts. It serves as a social and cultural gathering place, an educational resource and home to a community of artists.