application deadline has been extended to December 15th at 11:59pm


Corkscrew Theater Festival is a curated presentation of new work by early career artists concentrated over four weeks at the Paradise Factory Theater in the summer of 2018 (July 9th-August 5th). Following its successful first year, the festival will contain five fully realized productions receiving eight performances each, and four “reading slots” for work to be heard publicly for the first time. Corkscrew Festival seeks projects that demonstrate real collaboration, especially if they are being created through innovative collaborative models.


We believe in increasing a wide range of early career artists’ access to large-scale, professional production opportunities and enabling their success in those opportunities. In particular, we are enthusiastic about supporting under-represented artists of all or no genders, artists of color, disabled artists, and LGBTQIA+ artists. We also believe we can do more together than we can individually. Corkscrew is an extension of that belief: by presenting our work together, on this scale, we mutually benefit. We’re big enough to break through the clutter, but small enough to give every artist and production the hands-on attention it deserves.

The result? Four weeks, Five productions, Four readings, Forty-four performances, and YOU.  We want you to apply to participate in this festival.


The application is not meant to kill you! We’re looking for the following materials:

  1. A full draft of a script

  2. Lead artist bios (broadly defined as Playwright/creator, Director, Producer, any other notable creative partners).

  3. One or more work samples (photos, audio, or video)

  4. Short answers (100-200 words) to five open-ended questions about the project

Applications will be accepted through December 15, 2017. Interviews will take place between January 3 and January 19, 2018. All applicants will be notified of their status by February 14.

(NOTE: if you do not have a gmail address, you won’t be able to view the application. Email and we’ll send you an electronic copy that you can respond to using any word processing program. You can address any questions you have about the application to that email as well.)


  1. Development. Each production will receive space to hold a reading or other developmental showing of their work in April. In addition, our artistic leadership - experienced playwrights, directors, producers accustomed to working in this setting - are here for you throughout the process. You’ll also be working alongside five other productions - a network big enough to be helpful, yet small enough to be personal.

  2. Performances. Every production will have 8 performances over the course of the four weeks of the festival - and none of them will be at those random times, like 2pm on Tuesday or 4pm on Thursday. We’re talking about 8 performances on weekday evenings, or matinee, early evening, or evenings on weekends. We handle things like venue managers, front-of-house staff, and box office for the theater, which seats 70.

  3. Tech Time. Every production will receive between 12-20 hours of tech time, with additional rehearsal time in the space for pickup rehearsals later in the run. Every show will have at least an hour to complete its changeover prior to opening the house.

  4. Marketing. As a festival, we’re committed to getting your show seen. Beyond the built-in advantage of four other shows bringing audiences into the theater where you’ll be playing, we’re committed as a festival (with actual people and money) to marketing your show.

  5. Affordability. There are no fees for applying or performing in Corkscrew Theater Festival, and we will split ticket revenues with each production.


  1. Development. We want to dare artists to dive into that passion project or flesh out that “unproducible” idea. We’re here for you over a series of one-on-one meetings, arranging informal gatherings to hear your work aloud, and providing a sounding board as you do your work heading into July.

  2. Performances. With the understanding that nothing will be considered “finished,” participants in our Reading series will get ample time in the space ahead of their public showing to smooth out the kinks, get used to the space, and give the best representation of their work.

  3. Follow-up. We’re experienced at parsing audience feedback, and helping you discover where your project should head next.

  4. Affordability. There are no fees for applying or having your reading in Corkscrew Theater Festival. Tickets for the reading will be free.


Corkscrew is not limited in terms of genre, content, or theme. All kinds of theater (so long as you consider it theater) are welcome! The evaluative criteria we’ll use to choose the work presented in the festival are as follows:

  1. Passion for the project

  2. Unique perspective

  3. Creation through a key collaborative relationship (either traditional, like director and playwright, or innovative, like a devising team, or writer and designer, or sisters/collaborators, or anything else!)

  4. Belief in the relationship between development and production, and clear-cut goals for each phase.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Company of Cradle Two Grave, created by Morgaine Gooding-Silverwood (Corkscrew Festival 2017). Photo Credit: A Jo

Company of Cradle Two Grave, created by Morgaine Gooding-Silverwood (Corkscrew Festival 2017). Photo Credit: A Jo