The following must be read and accepted in order to apply to the New Work Series.


The New Work Series is for artists in the tri-state area of NY, CT, and NJ, in the areas of dance, solo performance, cabaret, short and full length musicals, or plays of any length. An exception might be made for artists who live outside the tri-state area if they have a large following in NYC.


All participants and audience members must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon entry into the theater. Additionally, masks will be required by all audience members throughout their time in the theater. Attendence will be reduced to avoid audience crowding in the theater and lobby, and the theater will be cleaned after each performance. Learn more about our Covid-19 Policies and Safety Measures here.


The artists are required to guarantee a minimum of one paying person per minute of their piece. So a 20 minute piece must have a minimum of 20 paying audience.  If for some reason you do not reach that number, the artists can use their box office share to cover the deficit or make a tax-deductible donation  to EAT. Read our FAQ for more detail.


Each production is responsible for casting, director, musicians, or recorded music. Please include collaborator information with submission, if available. The New Work Series is a work in progress presentation. EAT can make introductions to EAT directors, actors, and other artists if you are seeking personnel to work on your presentation. EAT cannot guarantee that its company personnel will accept work offered. You, as the producer of your show, are responsible for working with the Actors’ Equity Association if you choose to work with AEA performers.


EAT provides a professional board operator and stage manager for the entire festival who are fantastic! Only EAT technical staff will be allowed to operate equipment in the booth, but you may bring additional tech help if needed. If your show has specific needs and questions your curator and our staff will be happy to help as best as we can.

Each production must bring two clean copies of UP-TO-DATE final scripts to tech. Be prepared to have a list of moments for light and sound cues to communicate to our technical staff or you may use sticky notes on your script.


Each show will receive ONE performance during the festival. There will be 30 minutes OR LESS on either side of your production to load in and out of the theatre and dressing rooms, which must be cleared immediately following your show. You must provide labor to accomplish your load-in and load-out. If your piece is less than 60 minutes, you will be sharing a timeslot with another piece.


EAT will provide the artists with minimal furniture (chairs, cubes, piano, etc). All other props and set pieces are the responsibility of the individual productions. There is no storage space available at the theatre. The set for the festival will be a simple blank stage. In the New Work Series, less is more in terms of props and set, and please keep in mind the short changeover time while preparing for your piece.


A basic light plot will be provided for the entire festival. A maximum of FIVE internal light and sound cues for each show is allowed. This does not include the opening and closing cues. Any special requirements must be provided and operated by the individual shows. EAT cannot guarantee the availability of lighting specials in all areas of the stage, as we will be working with a rep plot with limited options. Each production must provide its own sound cues, in order, on CD.


There will be a brief audience feedback session after each performance, curated by some of EAT’s seasoned curators, writers, and performers. This is a great opportunity to get honest feedback on your work. You may prepare questions to ask the audience.


Notifications of participation will be sent out on a rolling basis, and any materials submitted with the application by mail will not be returned. Previous participation in the festival does not guarantee acceptance.


We take great pride in the number of wonderful productions that began in the New Work Series and went on to successful Off Broadway and regional productions. We ask that shows that develop their pieces in our series keep us posted so we can share and promote your future productions. We also ask that you include the following text in your future programs or company website:  “This piece was originally developed at Emerging Artists Theatre’s New Work Series in New York City.”