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general festival information

Welcome to the eleventh annual estrogenius festival. We are thrilled to have you on board, and look forward to working together over the next couple of months. The festival is a success every year because of amazing, gifted artists who generously lend their talents.

RULES
Manhattan Theatre Source’s Four House Rules:
1. Practice Generosity of Spirit
2. Principles Before Personalities
3. Share Your Information
4. Clean Up After Yourself.

KEY PARTICIPANT DOCUMENTS
<Watch this space for important info as we get closer to the festival.>

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Manhattan Theatre Source’s estrogenius festival, an annual celebration of female voices, is one of New York City’s largest women’s arts festivals. Founded by Fiona Jones in 2000, the festival debuted with a program of 10 short plays and music. Since then, it has grown into a five-week event including short plays, solo shows, music, visual art, dance, teen performances and a fundraiser for African girls’ education. Completely volunteer run, the estrogenius festival has provided more than 1,600 artists the chance to shine; nurtured award-winning playwrights Quiara Alegria Hudes, Sheila Callaghan, T.D. Mitchell and Melissa Maxwell; showcased Bessie Award-winning choreographers Marta Renzi and Jennifer Nugent; and benefited girls’ education in Niger through a Peace Corps Partnership. We take open submissions from around the world and are committed to providing opportunities to female artists (and male artists who create complex female characters) - in a variety of disciplines - ranging from the emerging to the seasoned professional.

SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL
Our weekly program of short plays anchors the festival. The performance schedule each week is Wednesday through Friday at 8:00 pm and Saturday at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm. There is a closing night party after the 8:00 pm Saturday night performance each week. We encourage everyone to attend.

The fifth week of the festival is our Encores week, where we present the top audience vote-getters from the prior 4 weeks.

FESTIVAL STAFF STRUCTURE
The executive producer for this year’s festival is Jennifer Thatcher. Each festival component: Short Plays, GirlPower, Sola Voce, Women in Motion and Voices of Africa will have a producer (and assistant producer).

Each program of short plays also has a producer and assistant producerOur resident tech director is Ien DeNio and our resident lighting designer is Kia Rogers. We will be using a unit set for the whole festival. No extraneous set pieces will be permitted. There will be a sound designer, lighting designer and costume designer assigned to each week.

IMPORTANT DATES

Week One

  • Tech: Sat Sept 25 10am- 1pm, Sun Sept 26 12pm-10pm, Mon Sept 27 3pm-11pm (Dress rehearsal: Tue Sept 28)
  • Run: September 29-October 2, Wed – Fri at 8pm & Sat at 3pm & 8pm
  • Rehearsals period: Mandatory Read-thru September 1; Rehearsals September 2 – 24, 2010. Specific dates and times TBD
  • Bios and electronically headshots + resumes due: August 15, 2010. Send to estrogenius.festival@gmail.com
    Example bio: NAME (Character name, Play) Recent stage credits include The play name at MTS.
  • Hard copy headshots and resumes (for industry packets) due: September 25, 2010

Week Two

  • Tech: Sat Oct 2 10am- 1pm, Sun Oct 3 12pm-10pm, Mon Oct 4 3pm-11pm
    (Dress rehearsal: Tue Oct 5)
  • Run: October 6-9, Wed – Fri at 8pm & Sat at 3pm & 8pm
  • Rehearsals period: Mandatory Read-thru September 8; September 9 – October 1, 2010. Specific dates and times TBD
  • Bios and electronically headshots + resumes due: August 15, 2010. Send to estrogenius.festival@gmail.com
    Example bio: NAME (Character name, Play) Recent stage credits include The play name at MTS.
  • Hard copy headshots and resumes (for industry packets) due: September 25, 2010

Week Three

  • Tech: Sat Oct 9 10am- 1pm, Sun Oct 10 12pm-10pm, Mon Oct 11 3pm-11pm
    (Dress rehearsal: Tue Oct 12)
  • Run: October 13-16, Wed – Fri at 8pm & Sat at 3pm & 8pm
  • Rehearsals period: Mandatory Read-thru September 15; Rehearsals September 16 – October 8, 2010. Specific dates and times TBD
  • Bios and electronically headshots + resumes due: August 15, 2010. Send to estrogenius.festival@gmail.com
    Example bio: NAME (Character name, Play) Recent stage credits include The play name at MTS.
  • Hard copy headshots and resumes (for industry packets) due: September 25, 2010

Week Four

  • Tech: Sat Oct 16 10am- 1pm, Sun Oct 17 12pm-10pm, Mon Oct 18 3pm-11pm
    (Dress rehearsal: Tue Oct 19)
  • Run: October 20-23, Wed – Fri at 8pm & Sat at 3pm & 8pm
  • Rehearsals period: Mandatory Read-thru September 22; Rehearals September 23 – October 15, 2010. Specific dates and times TBD
  • Bios and electronically headshots + resumes due: August 15, 2010. Send to estrogenius.festival@gmail.com
    Example bio: NAME (Character name, Play) Recent stage credits include The play name at MTS.
  • Hard copy headshots and resumes (for industry packets) due: September 25, 2010

COMP/TICKET POLICY
1. You receive one comp to your show’s dress rehearsal.
2. All festival participants receive half-price tickets to other festival events – Women in Motion dance, Sola Voce shows, Other Short Plays, the Full-length, GirlPower – except Voices of Africa, which is a fundraiser for girls’ education.
3. Equity actors receive two comps for the run of their show.
4. All comp requests must be sent to estrogenius.festival@gmail.com no later than four days before your show opens. Our festival sells out quickly. To make sure we can accommodate your requests, we need them as soon as possible.

VOICES OF AFRICA
Voices of Africa (VOA) is our newest program, a cross cultural collaboration with Peace Corps Niger. Now in its second year, VOA will take place on Saturday, November 1st. It will feature songs, poems and stories created by young girls in Niger and performed by New York City teenagers. We also collect school and art supplies to send to Niger. All proceeds from the performance will benefit the Young Girls Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to Nigerien girls

How VOA Began
VOA was born out of a desire to help Nigerien girls attend school. Ginger O'Neill, a former Estrogenius Festival volunteer, is currently serving a two-year Peace Corps appointment in Niger. She teaches reading and writing along with music classes to young women in her village, Birni N'Gaoure, and throughout Niger. When Estrogenius Founder Fiona Jones heard about the amazing stories and poems being created in these classes, she approached Ginger about bringing the works to New York City as part of the festival. Ginger and her students loved the idea.

Ginger transcribed the girls' poems, songs and stories from Djerma to English, and they were performed by New York teenagers. Last year, Ibrahim wrote, "Let's work together to educate the children, empower the youth and bring back the beautiful sounds of Africa. Let these voices paint a picture that will tell our stories across the world."

About Niger
A landlocked country in Western Africa, the Republic of Niger ranks as the poorest country in the world, placing last in the 2006 United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Index. One-third of the country's children die before the age of five. Only eight percent of females are literate. Young women have a 40% chance of having at least one child by 17, and a one in seven chance of dying during childbirth.

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