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Name: United Solo Theatre Festival (first reference), United Solo Festival or United Solo
Dates: Friday, October 1 through Sunday, November 21 2021
Location: a resident company of Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, New York City

About: The Annual United Solo Festival, the world’s largest solo theatre festival, presents a selection of local and international productions including storytelling, puppetry, dance, multimedia, improv, stand-up, magic, musical, and drama. Since its inaugural year in 2010, United Solo has featured more than 1,000 productions from all over the world. In 2021, United Solo is lunching a new virtual platform to present shows and masterclasses for its global audience and theatre enthusiasts.

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Kasey Phillips

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For Immediate Release
June 10, 2021
New York City

United Solo Announces Open Submissions for Annual New York Festival and Its New Virtual Streaming Platform

The United Solo Theatre Festival, the largest solo performance festival in the world, announced open submissions for the 2021 Annual United Solo Theatre Festival on 42nd Street in New York City. In addition, United Solo introduced a new virtual streaming platform, giving performers and audiences alike the opportunity to view a collection of solo pieces from anywhere in the world.

After a year of trying times, United Solo will be returning to its home at Theatre Row in New York City as theaters across the United States begin to reopen and welcome their audiences back. Adapting to the changing times, United Solo will also host a virtual platform so that those who would like to reach out to the global audience can broadcast their shows online.

“United Solo is thrilled to be returning to our home at Theatre Row to present solo performances by our community,” states Patrick McAndrew, Associate Artistic Director of the United Solo Theatre Festival. “This season marks a rebirth of theatre and solo performance after a year apart and will truly make us feel more united than ever before.”

The festivals will feature award-winning, internationally-renowned performers, as well as emerging talents. Artists and companies are welcome to submit shows representing a variety of solo forms, including dramas, comedies, movement pieces, storytelling, and spoken word, among others. Submission forms will be reviewed separately, which gives the applicants the choice to apply for both or either stage in New York or on the Virtual Platform. The applications can be found online at: to perform at Theatre Row and/or to feature a show through online streaming.

“Years ago, Fiona Shaw asked me to consider shows available on demand,” said Omar Sangare, Founder and Artistic Director of United Solo. “In the past, we had no clue what was coming. Today, after these trying times, it is clear that we should move forward. The show must go on and therefore it will, ever new and presented on a larger scale, both at our home stage and on our virtual platform.”

Related inquiries may be addressed to Kasey Phillips, the United Solo Festival Coordinator at For more info, HQ pictures, and Facts & Figures, please visit our Press Center at A promotional video with Fiona Shaw:


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