Emerging Artists Theatre’s Spark Theatre Festival NYC will take place Sep 9 to Sep 29, 2024, at The Chain Theatre at 312 West 36th Street, 3rd floor, NYC. 

Submissions for the Spark Theatre Festival are now closed. Please check back soon for more information about the Fall festival.

In the meantime, we hope you will join us and support and share our GoFundMe campaign! We are asking 2,000 people to donate just $20 to help us achieve the $40,000 goal we are urgently raising before June 30. Click the link below to learn more. 

EMERGING ARTISTS THEATRE (EAT) is an award-winning theater company known as an incubator for new voices from the page to the stage. EAT was founded 30 years ago to provide a dynamic home for playwrights and artists to explore their work and guide it through development to full artistic realization through our bi-annual Spark Theatre Festival NYC.

Emerging Artists provides vital resources and support to theatrical artists of all kinds, and is proud to have presented the work of more than 5,000 artists since its inception. We are an ongoing donor and advocate for Black Lives Matter. In our 30-year history, Emerging Artists Theatre has provided a place for Black artists to develop and premiere their work, and we will always be a home for unique, creative, and expressive Black voices.

IN CELEBRATION of Emerging Artists Theatre’s 30th anniversary, we presented three new World Premiere Off-Broadway plays running in repertory in Fall 2023 at the 28th Street Theatre (also known as TADA!). The two-month engagement featured Anne Being Frank by Ron Elisha, Doris Day: My Secret Love by Paul Adams, and Sex Work/Sex Play by Caytha Jentis. Each of these three plays was developed at EAT’s Spark Theatre Festival NYC (formerly the New Work Series).


Emerging Artists Theatre acknowledges that its home at the 28th Street Theatre in New York City is situated on the Lenape island of Manhattan (Mannahatta) and more broadly in Lenapehoking, the Lenape homeland. We pay respect to the Munsee Lenape ancestors and offer our care and gratitude.