Tampa Bay Theatre Festival

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


FULL LENGTH PLAYS:

All Material must be original. Your show can be published or non-published work. 

Total run time is not to exceed 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission. If you exceed your allotted time you will be penalized and it will affect your score. 

Remember, this is a festival and a showcasing of your play so we highly advise that you keep your set and lighting to a minimum. 

You will have a total of 3 hours and 15 minutes allotted for your entire show. This includes one hour to set up which includes minor lighting and tech/sound run. You will have 1 hour and 45 minutes for your show and 30 minutes to strike your set once your show is done. Your sound and lighting will be managed by the staff at the venue so you are not allowed to handle their equipment. 

You must provide your own team of stage hands, stage manager, and crew. 

If your play is selected there is a fee for the usage of the theater where your play will be presented. 

A) 125.00 is the fee for the Black Box or Studio Theater that can sit up to 80 people. 

B) 250.00 is the fee for the Main Stage Theater or a theater that sits over 200 people. 

C) 75.00 is the fee for the Black Box Theater that sits 50 people. 

All monies made on your show are 100% yours after ALL FEES; the TBTF does not retain or get any percentage of your earnings. 

You must provide your own payment processing service such as Paypal, Eventbrite, Ticketbud, or whichever service that you would like to use. We will attach this to the TBTF site. 

The festival does NOT produce your show. All entries must be self produced. The TBTF does not provide any casting of any sort for your production. 

You are allowed to have union actors in your play (SAG-AFTRA) but it is up to you follow and abide by union rules when it comes to casting a union actor. 

Each show will have a panel of judges that will rate your show. The judges will use a scoring rubric and at the end of the festival all of the scores will be tallied up and announced at the awards party. 

There will be an opening night show at the Straz presented by the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival. This show is NOT competing with other shows and is simply for opening night entertainment. 

SHORT PLAYS:

Plays must be original works. Submission can be published or non-published work. The length of short plays cannot exceed 10 minutes and a maximum cast of 8. 

If your play exceeds 10 minutes points will be marked against you or you may be disqualified from the competition. 

Short plays are to have a minimum set such as table, chairs, desk, stoops, stools etc. Once your play is over you must remove your props because the next show will be waiting to set up. You have 5 minutes to remove your props and minimum set. 

Winners will be announced at the awards party. 

MONOLOGUES AND SCENES


Monologues are not to exceed 2 minutes max. If you exceed your time frame this will count against you and the judges may stop your monologue. 

This does NOT have to be an original piece. Your monologue can be from a play, a movie, or something that you wrote. 

Monologues will be by video submission by way of the website 

Winners will be announced at the awards party 

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PLAY:

  1. Plays can be submitted by way of the website submission page
  2. If you have a recording of your play, you can mail the DVD as an option. Mail it to RL Stage PO Box 4145 Tampa FL 33677 with a money order payable to RL Stage Inc. This only for full length shows

SUBMISSION FEES:

  • Scenes & Monologues 5.00
  • Short Plays 10.00
  • Full Length 17.00

ALL SUBMISSION FEES ARE NON REFUNDABLE, EVEN IF YOUR WORK IS NOT SELECTED FOR THE FESTIVAL

WINNERS OF THE SHORT PLAYS, MONOLOGUES, AND SCENE COMPETITION WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE AWARDS PARTY.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY

I (We) certify that I have the full right and authorization to submit and enter into a contractual agreement to produce this submission during the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival. I agree to indemnify RL Stage Inc and RQL Productions, its representatives, volunteers, board, sponsors, judges, and affiliates against all claims, losses, damages, and liabilities, from and against any claim or cause of action arising from any claim of infringement or intellectual property rights. 

ALL PLAYS MUST BE SELF PRODUCED AND READY TO MOUNT. THE TBTF DOES NOT PROVIDE ACTORS, DIRECTORS, STAGE HANDS, OR STAGE MANAGERS FOR YOUR SHOW. 

I understand that In the event a claim or dispute arises out of this application and/or submission, which parties cannot, with good faith effort resolve in face to face discussions, both parties agree to bring the matter before a member of the American Arbitration Association. The arbitration decision will be binding on both parties. The arbitrator may require the losing party to pay the costs of reasonable attorney fees of the prevailing party. Judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in court of the competent jurisdiction. The laws of the State of Florida govern this Agreement