FESTIVALS


The Riant Theatre's mission is to provide a nurturing environment to develop new plays and showcase artists and provide opportunities to network and collaborate on new projects.

We do this through 2 of our Festivals:

The Strawberry One-Act Festival, in which plays compete for the title of Best Play of the Season.  We accept plays short one-acts with a running time of 15-30 minutes.  Plays selected for the festival perform in front of an audience, which casts their votes to determine which plays advance to the Semi-Finals and then the Finals. 

At the FINALS a panel of industry professionals that consist of a Literary Agent, a Casting Director, an Agent, a Director and Theatre Producer.  This panel will select the Best Play of the Season and will perform at the Awards Ceremony, where awards will be presented for BEST PLAY, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST ACTOR, BEST ACTRESS, BEST SET DESIGN, BEST COSTUMES and BEST VIDEO DIARY.

The playwright of the Best Play will receive a cast prize of $1,500 and a Development Deal to have a play developed by the Riant Theatre.  This will be done through a series of reading, workshops and hopefully a staged performance.

And the Strawberry Theatre Festival, which consist of long one-acts with a running time of 40-90 minutes.  A panel of Industry Professionals will see the plays in the festival and this panel will judge the plays in all categories and at the Awards Ceremony, awards will be presented for BEST PLAY, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST ACTOR, BEST ACTRESS, BEST SET DESIGN, BEST COSTUMES and BEST VIDEO DIARY.

Musicals are also accepted for both festivals.

The JOCUNDA MUSIC, FILM & THEATRE FESTIVAL, will showcase recording artists, singers and bands of all genres, spoken word artists, comedians, runway shows of fashion designers, screening of films (feature, shorts, animation, documentaries, webseries and music videos), plays, screenplays for our Play and Screenplay Reading Series, and authors (nonfiction, fiction, children books, self-help, cooking, romance, fantasy, etc.)

Submissions:

Early Submissions:  September 30, 2020.

Regualar Submissions:  October 30, 2020.

Notifications will be sent out by November 15, 2020.

Late Submissions:  will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

Notifications will be sent out by January 15, 2020.

To submit pay the Fee for Late Submission below.

Then email us your materials to RiantTheatre@gmail.com.

Singers and Bands email us:

  • an mp4 of 3 songs or links to you performing live or a music video or audio file, 
  • your bio,
  • a jpeg photo of yourself, and
  • a list of your social media links. 

Singers that are selected for the JOCUNDA FESTIVAL will be given 15-45 minutes to perform depending on the event that they are scheduled to perform.

Spoken Word Artists email us:

  • an mp4 or links of you performing live at least 3 of your works,
  • your bio,
  • a jpeg photo of yourself; and
  • a link to your social media accounts.

Spoken Word Artists that are selected for the JOCUNDA FESTIVAL will be given a slot to perform.

Comedians email us:

  • an mp4 or links of your performing your act,
  • your bio,
  • a jpeg photo of yourself, and
  • a link to your social media accounts.

Fashion Designers email us:

  • an mp4 or links of videos or photos of your models wearing your fashions,
  • your bio,
  • a jpeg photo of yourself, and
  • a link to your social media accounts.

Filmmakers email us:

  • an mp4 or a link to your film on vimeo, etc.,
  • your bio,
  • a jpeg photo of yourself, and
  • a link to your social media accounts.

Playwrights and Screenwriters interested in our Play or Screenplay Reading Series, email us:

  • your play or screenplay, include a title page with your contact information,
  • a synopsis of your play,
  • character breakdown,
  • running time of your play or screenplay,
  • number of pages,
  • your bio,
  • a jpeg photo of yourself, and
  • a link to your social media accounts.

Playwrights interested in performing your play at the Jocunda Festival email us:

 

  • your play, include a title page with your contact information,
  • a synopsis of your play,
  • character breakdown,
  • running time of your play or screenplay,
  • number of pages,
  • your bio,
  • a jpeg photo of yourself, and
  • a link to your social media accounts.

Plays or Musicals selected for the JOCUNDA FESTIVAL and the Strawberry One-Act & Theatre Festival please note that you will be responsible for getting your own director, rehearsing your play on your own and casting it.  We will give you dates and times when your play or musical will be performed in the festival. 

If your play is accepted into the festival we can send out an email blast to our Alumni of Directors to help you obtain a director, but you will still be responsible to paying for rehearsal space to rehearse your play.  The JOCUNDA FESTIVAL is not producing your show we are only presenting it.

All Participants in the festivals will be listed in our FESTIVAL JOURNAL. 

Submissions will not be considered or review without you first paying the LATE SUBMISSION FEE.

The festival will also include several Panel Discussions with INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS in all categories.  There will also be breakout sessions where you can network and meet other artists, producers and investors.

Vendor Locations will also be available for Artists and Food Vendors to purchase to sell or promote their services at the JOCUNDA FESTIVAL.

There will also be AFTER PARIES on select days of the Festival.


The DATES of the JOCUNDA FESTIVAL will be announced as soon as the it is safe to perform in theatres, hotels and to have large gatherings outside.


Late Submission Fee for the Strawberry One-Act Festival

The Strawberry One-Act Festival 2021 is accepting Late Submissions of one-act plays with a running time of 15-30 minutes.

After we receive your Late Submission Fee you can send us your materials.  Email them to RiantTheatre@gmail.com.

Notifications will be send out by January 15, 2021.

Late Submission Fee for the Strawberry One-Act Festival Price: $45.00

Late Submission Fee for the Strawberry Theatre Festival

The Strawberry Theatre Festival 2021 is accepting Late Submissions of one-act plays with a running time of 40-90 minutes.

After we receive your Late Submission Fee you can send us your materials.  Email them to RiantTheatre@gmail.com.

Notifications will be send out by January 15, 2021.

Late Submission Fee for the Strawberry Theatre Festival Price: $45.00

Late Submission Fee for the JOCUNDA MUSIC, FILM & THEATRE FESTIVAL

The JOCUNDA MUSIC, FILM & THEATRE FESTIVAL 2021 is accepting Late Submissions of from Singers, Bands, Comedians, Spoken Word Artists, Playwrights, Screenwriters, Filmmakers, Authors and Fashion Designers.

After we receive your Late Submission Fee you can send us your materials.  Email them to RiantTheatre@gmail.com.

Notifications will be send out by January 15, 2021.

Late Submission Fee for the JOCUNDA MUSIC, FILM & THEATRE FESTIVAL Price: $45.00

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To submit your play for the Strawberry One-Act Festival go to www.FilmFreeway.com/JocundaMusicFilmandTheatreFestival.  The Strawberry One-Act Festival, will be in JANUARY, FEBRUARY AND MARCH, 2021. (15-30 minute plays.) Early Deadline is September 30, 2020  Regular Deadline is October 30, 2020.  Notifucations will be sent out by November 15, 2020.

To submit your play for the Strawberry Theatre Festival (STF) for Full-Length Plays (55-90 minutes), Musicals (not to exceed 120 minutes), Short Plays (40-50 minutes), Variety Acts, Cabaret Acts, Magic Shows, Sketch Comedy, Improv Shows and Readings.  To submit your play to the STF go to www.FilmFreeway.com/JocundaMusicandTheatreFestival.   The Early Deadline is September 30, 2020Regular Deadline is October 30, 2020.  Notifications will be sent out by November 15, 2020.  The Strawberry Theatre Festival will run in JANUARY, FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2021.

Submissions are now being accepted for the Jocunda Music, Film & Theatre Festival.  We are seeking singers, r&b, neo soul, pop and hip hop artists; Films: short, narrative, animation and music videos; comedians and Short and Full Length Plays and Screenplays.

The Jocunda Music, Film & Theatre Festival will run from JANUARY through MARCH 30, 2021 at ARTEL Hotel in Brooklyn, NY.  Singers, Fashion Designers and Vendors send us a link to your music and/or performance.  Include your bio and a cover letter why you would like to be in the Josucnda MFT Festival.  Vendors email us to request an application for Vendors.  State in your email what it is you would be selling. (i.e. Food, Merchandise or Crafts.  Or if want to promote your business.)  Email submissions to JocundaFilmFestival@gmail.com.

Filmmakers, Comedians, Screenwriters, Playwrights, Spoken Word Artists and Novelist submit your work for review at www.FilmFreeway.com/JocundaMusicFilmandTheatreFestival.

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