Confetti Stage Seeks Original Play Submissions for Confetti Fest XIV

Confetti Fest is an original short play festival that seeks to develop and highlight local playwriting talents.  We are seeking plays written by Capital Region Playwrights to be considered for participation in a play development process and our 14th annual short play festival, Confetti Fest 14 in October 2018.  Our short play festival was the first in the Capital District to feature all original works by local playwrights.  Previous works from our festivals have been chosen to perform at the TANYS (Theatre Association of New York State) and ESTA (Eastern States Theater Association) Festivals, including our 2016 production of The Girl With Wings by Julie Demers, and our 2017 production of Bleached Blind by Sunny da Silva.

The Play Development Process:

Confetti Stage believes in supporting the improvement and development of artist’s skills through the production process, and we extend this philosophy to script development for playwrights prior to the rehearsal period.  The aim of this process is to help playwrights further explore their scripts in collaboration with an experienced peer and refine their work for production.

Playwrights who submit their work to Confetti Fest 14 can expect and must agree to participate in this script development period during the summer 2018 months prior to rehearsals starting in August 2018.  Script development will include:

Scheduled one-on-one sessions with an experienced playwright peer, who will provide constructive critique and help you explore ways in which you can further develop and improve your work.

Discussing and creating a plan of action to address aspects of the work that you and your peer have targeted for revision.

A guided revision process, which will result in a refined version of your work by the beginning of the rehearsal period.



No longer than 30 pages of script AND running time cannot exceed 30 minutes

In 12-pt, Times New Roman font

Applicable to our mission statement (see below)

An original work by a playwright currently local to the Capital Region (works that have NOT been previously produced are encouraged)

Multiple submissions are accepted, but please make a separate submission for each script

Please include, on a separate cover page OR in your submission email:

Playwright’s contact information, including name, email address, local address, and phone number

The following statement: “By submitting [title of play] by [playwright’s name] for consideration, I am agreeing to actively participate in the Confetti Fest 14 script development and revision process before the start of rehearsals.  I understand that if I cannot or do not actively participate in play development, the play may be removed from the festival lineup.”

Please include with the copy of your script:

A brief synopsis of your play (100 words max.; think what you’d like publicity for your play to say).

Estimated running time.

Character breakdown, including any casting preferences.

Set and scene descriptions.

Tech requirements (include lighting, sound, costume, prop/scenery requirements).

Any previous workshop or production history.

*Please do NOT include your name or any other identifying information in the body of your script*

Participants of Confetti Fest can expect:

A fun, collaborative process.

A fully-staged, off-book production of your script.

Full credit in all programs and promotional materials for the festival.

Possible adjudication by the Theatre Association of New York State (TANYS), as well as the possibility of having your work selected to perform at state (TANYS) and/or regional (ESTA) theater festivals.

Selection Process:

Scripts are chosen through a blind selection process by a committee of readers.

Playwrights will be notified in June if their submission is chosen and will be expected at that time to make arrangements with the playwright peer to start the development process.

Submissions can be submitted electronically to or mailed to:

Confetti Stage, Inc.

Confetti Fest 14

67 Corning Place

Albany, NY 12207

Confetti Stage Mission Statement Our mission is to celebrate the diversities of human experience through thought-provoking, challenging productions.  We foster creative expression in a collaborative, inclusive environment that engages the Capital Region community.

Please contact us at with any questions.  We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Confetti Stage, Inc
Please join us for our upcoming production of *Private Fears in Public Places*, (written by Alan Ayckbourn, and directed by John Nickles) at The Albany Masonic Hall on Friday, February 9th – 11th and February 16th – 18th. Sunday Matinees at 2 PM; all other Performances at 7:30 PM. Tickets on sale here:

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