2018 Submissions NOW OPEN

The 9th annual United Solo Festival invites local and international artists to submit their shows to the world’s largest solo theatre festival. World premieres and already-produced shows are equally welcome. Submitted proposals may represent storytelling, improv, dance, musical, puppetry, multimedia, variety, spoken word, cabaret, stand-up, magic, tragedy, comedy, and other forms of solo performance. Selected shows will be presented between September 13 and November 18, 2018 at Theatre Row in New York City.
 
Applicants interested in submitting their shows after January 19, 2018 are encouraged to contact info@unitedsolo.org. As in the past, United Solo reserves the right to accept applications after the deadline under special circumstances. Detailed information and the application form can be found at www.unitedsolo.org/submit
 

 
The Festival’s mission is to build the community of solo performers and connect them to New York audiences. Last season, the ten‑week Festival featured 120 solo productions from six continents. In 2018, the Festival will once again offer top notch productions by renowned artists and emerging talents. Artists benefit from presenting their works in the world‑famous theatre district on 42nd Street. Theatre companies are given the opportunity to reach the industry, generate income from ticket sales from up to eight shows at the Festival, and receive media attention through previews, profiles, reviews, and other articles. Shows are also considered for awards in many categories. Winners from past seasons include Pedro Almodovar, Gordon Clapp, Sherry Glaser, Joe Gulla, Richard A. Harris, Milton Justice, Joan Kane, Ann Morrison, Bill Oberst, Estelle Parsons, Austin Pendleton, Mimi Quillin, LynnMarie Rink, Eric Roberts, and Addie Walsh. Many of the awarded artists will be invited to join the United Solo Academy, a creative group that helps the Festival nominate and select solo performers to receive the annual United Solo Special Award. Over the past few years, this honorary prize was presented to Anna Deavere Smith, Patti LuPone, John Leguizamo, Fiona Shaw, Billy Crystal, James Lecesne, Staceyann Chin, Cynthia Nixon, and Michael Moore.
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The 2017 United Solo AWARDS Have Been Announced

United Solo, the world’s largest solo theatre festival, concluded its eighth season with a Gala at Theatre Row in New York. During its ten-week run, the festival offered 120 stage productions representing six continents. Nearly 60 shows sold out, and were presented several times due to popular demand. This past season, the festival presented productions created by new talents and show business veterans, including Oscar winner Milton Justice and Emmy winner Bill Oberst Jr.
 
At the Gala held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 many artists were recognized with awards for their achievements in the art of solo performance. On behalf of the United Solo Academy, Omar Sangare, the Artistic Director of the festival, presented the United Solo Special Award to Michael Moore for his show, “The Terms of My Surrender.” In his acceptance speech, Mr. Moore said: “I wanted to stand in a room with a few hundred other people each night and have a conversation. I have never done that in that way before — it was very powerful,” and added “It’s that connection to the people in the room, and the cliche that no two audiences are the same turns out to be true.”
 

 
For eight years now, United Solo has supported members of the performing arts community by fundraising for The Actors Fund — which helps professionals in times of transitions, and this year, especially those impacted by Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria. The Festival also joined efforts to promote services provided by the newly-opened Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts.
 
Through its mission, United Solo continues to share local and international talents, discover original stories, connect artists with their audiences, exchange diverse perspectives, foster a dialogue for change, entertain, and now, educate through its newly developed professional training program led by distinguished artists and cultural icons.
 
The full list of 2017 United Solo Award winners includes:
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United Solo Launches a New Series of Master Classes

The world’s largest solo theatre festival, which began its eighth season at Theatre Row in New York City on September 14th, is proud to introduce the United Solo Master Series, an educational program for theatre practitioners. A Master Class taught by Pau Aran Gimeno, performer from Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, will inaugurate the program. Additional Master Classes will be taught by James Lecesne, performer and author of an Oscar-winning film; Adam Wade, comedian and the winner of 20 SLAMS at The Moth; and Austin Pendleton, renowned actor and director, a recipient of Drama Desk Special Award. Space is limited & pre-registration is required at: www.unitedsolo.org/edu

 


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