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Author:  michelletabnick [ Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Midtown International Theatre Festival Symposium

November 16, 2010

Contact: Michelle Tabnick, (646) 765-4773,

John Chatterton presents
The Twelfth Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival
Emileena Pedigo, managing producer

Midtown International Theatre Festival
Presents The Second Annual MITF Symposium
Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 11am

The Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) presents the second annual MITF Symposium on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 11am at The June Havoc Theatre at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 W 36th St., first floor, NYC. Admission is FREE and reservations are not required.

This year’s Symposium will feature a panel of festival staff and previous participants whose productions have moved beyond the festival. The panel will discuss the festival and why to choose it. There will be a short presentation followed by a question and answer session; the panelists will also be available after the symposium to address individual concerns.

“The panel will illustrate for self-producing artists and would-be Off-Broadway producers why the MITF is a valid alternative to bigger festivals,” said John Chatterton, executive producer of the MITF.

The twelfth season will run from July 11 – 31, 2011. Applications for the 2011 Season are currently available online at

The Festival accepts submissions in all genres – any sort of stage play, musical or otherwise, new or classic, mainstream or specifically focused on an ethnic or cultural niche. To be eligible, each show must have a producer and production team attached to the project. For the first time, this year, the Festival will introduce a dance division. In addition, the MITF will include a Short Subjects division.

Mr. Chatterton created the MITF in 2000, a Midtown alternative to other theatre festivals, as a way to present the finest off-off Broadway talent in convenience, comfort, and safety. In 2008, the Festival added two 99-seat theatres and inaugurated the Commercial Division for upwardly mobile shows with commercial ambitions. The MITF’s artistic emphasis is on the script itself and therefore the Festival requests minimal production values.

Application forms for the Midtown International Theatre Festival are available online at Completed applications, scripts, production materials and a non-refundable reading fee of $30 must be mailed to: The Midtown International Theatre Festival, 1 Penn Plaza #6228, New York, NY 10119. All submissions must be postmarked by February 21, 2011 to guarantee consideration for the 2011 Festival. Pricing plans for shows vary. Details may be found at

The 2011 Festival will take place at the June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor; the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor; the TBG Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 3rd floor; the Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor; and the Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor.

Further information about the MITF can be found in the Festival Manual at


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