ANT FEST 2017 STARTS HERE!


We’re now accepting submissions for our tenth annual ANT Fest, a month-long festival of All New Talent showcasing new work from New York’s most adventurous emerging artists. 

ANT Fest 2017 runs from June 6 – 30. To check out last year’s lineup, click here

Every June, Ars Nova throws open our doors to the next wave of pioneering, hybrid theater-makers and fills our stage with their most dynamic ideas. We’re on the prowl for artists with diverse viewpoints and impressive skills, who see the future of live entertainment and want the chance to try out their ideas on stage. As an artist-driven festival, ANT Fest brings together an eclectic network of creators who feed our artistic community all year long.

We’re interested in unique, innovative projects that span traditional genre boxes (theater, comedy, music, burlesque, drag, variety arts or anything else you can think of) in an exciting way to tell a story, make us laugh or showcase musicians with a vibrant new sound. This is the place to pitch that crazy show you’ve been dying for an excuse to make! We’re waiting for you.

To apply:
Please fill out the online application form and submit it along with:

  • A short description of your evening (one page max)
  • An Artist Statement that describes what makes your Lead Artist(s) tick and why you want to make this show (one page max)
    Note: We define a “Lead Artist” as a core creator who is generating the original material for a show. The “Lead Artist” can also be a company name or band name! This is who will be billed as the show’s creator(s) in all of our web and marketing materials.
  • Samples of your Lead Artist(s) work
  • Bios or resumes for Lead Artist(s)

A range of unique submissions will each be given a night to perform in Ars Nova’s intimate Off Broadway theater and the opportunity to be a part of artist-driven events throughout the festival. Women, artists of color and theater-makers with wide-ranging viewpoints are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on January 29. Artists chosen for the festival will be notified by March 21. We ask that all Lead Artists of shows applying hold the morning and afternoon of Saturday, April 1st for a photo shoot. Please download the ANT Fest Logistics page here for more important logistics and details.