MarshStream International Solo Fest

October 7–11, 2020

This fall The Marsh will welcome performers and theater lovers from around the world to its first-ever MarshStream International Solo Fest,
an online fete presenting solo work via its online theater platform.



The goal of MISF is to connect solo performers with audiences across the globe while presenting unique solo shows created exclusively for the Zoom “black box” theater. All performances also include a post-show Q & A, a key part of the community building.



The Marsh is currently accepting applications from artists throughout the U.S. and anywhere in the world, to take part in this global performance festival. Interested participants may submit their solo shows (60 minutes and under) for consideration by August 16, 2020, and will be notified between September 7-14, 2020 regarding their acceptance.

We look forward to your submission! 

To Apply

Submission Cost: $10-25 sliding scale submission fee. 

(You can apply for a financial hardship fee waiver by emailing maggiew@themarsh.org.)

Application Deadline: August 16, 2020

Performers will be notified between September 7-14, 2020 regarding their acceptance.

Festival Dates: October 7 – 11, 2020

All shows must be solo performances. 

Performance Length: 10 – 60 minutes. We will curate slots that feature shorter pieces, while longer pieces will stand on their own. All pieces must be 60 minutes or less. There will be a 15 minute Q & A with you and a moderator! 

Eligibility: Solo performers submitting must be 16 years or older to apply.

Logistics: Performances will be presented LIVE over Zoom. 

Successful submissions will work well within the Zoom format. 

Technical support: Minimal tech support will be provided.

Guidelines

  • We invite and encourage artists from all over the world to submit. 
  • We will accept solo performance musicals.
  • There are no language restrictions.
  • If your performance is not in English, you must provide English subtitles with submission to be eligible for consideration.
  • We will accept work that has been previously produced.
  • Solo performances created by the performer, preferred. 
  • Only one submission per person. 

Compensation: Performers will receive a percentage of ticket donations.

Awards: Performances will be eligible for the following awards

~ Most Watched Performance

~ Audience Choice Award

~ The Marshian Award a primetime slot on MarshStream’s Solo Performer Spotlight Program 

ABOUT MARSHSTREAM

MarshStream launched in April 2020, shortly after shelter-in-place orders were instituted in California, and from the beginning received overwhelmingly enthusiastic response with hundreds flocking to view and participate each night. Current MarshStream programming varies daily, including Monday Night MarshStream (short performances by a variety of artists), WildCard Tuesdays (everything from book/writer discussions, sing-a-longs, Tell It On Tuesday, to Sound Healing and Restorative Yoga), Wednesday Solo Arts Heal (offering stories of health, advocacy, and inspiration), Stephanie’s MarshStream on Thursday nights (interview, bantering, Q&A, and performance excerpts with Marsh favorites, moderated by Marsh founder Stephanie Weisman), Bingo! on Fridays hosted by Josh Kornbluth, plus live full-length performance concert readings, archived performance streams, performance development classes, fitness and singing lessons. Content is offered at 7:30pm nightly with mid-day youth programs throughout the week via Zoom and YouTube.


Elizabeth Zitrin is the Executive Producer
Funding support from Elizabeth Zitrin – Zitrin Foundation


ABOUT OUT FOUNDER / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Photo by: Craig Lee

Stephanie Weisman founded and has been the Artistic/Executive Director of The Marsh since its inception in 1989. Under her leadership, The Marsh has grown from a one-night-a-week performance series to producing 600-700 shows annually on its four stages. In addition to its developing work performance series, The Marsh’s programs include: artist-in-residencies, after-school and summer workshops for youth both onsite and in 5 SFUSD, and performance development classes, workshops and Performance Initiatives. In 1996 Stephanie spearheaded the drive to successfully buy their 12,000 sq ft facility on Valencia Street in San Francisco. This increased The Marsh’s programs four-fold as well as provided for a stable Bay Area arts organization. In 2010, The Marsh added a second venue in Berkeley. In 2020, Stephanie initiated MarshStream. She is currently at work developing her opera, Aphrodisia, with dancer, Wei Wang.


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