Drama At The Depot – Original Call For Submissions

Grants and Performance Opportunity for Artists, (application here: DramaAtTheDepot-application)

Drama at the DEPOT: A POP UP Festival hosted by The Battery Factory

THE BATTERY FACTORY(TBF), in collaboration with the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (SMPAC), is offering micro-grants to create and perform theater at the historic South Milwaukee Railroad Depot.

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center celebrates its 10th anniversary during this year’s South Milwaukee Heritage Days Festival, July 24th – 26th.

TBF invites you to join in and celebrate the history of South Milwaukee and the atmospheric location of the South Milwaukee Railroad Depot. Built in 1893and in operation through the 1950’s, the depot was the heart of bustling South Milwaukee.  We seek 4 performance works, up to 20 minutes in length, to be performed at the depot.

The Venue and Dates:

The performance venue is the South Milwaukee Train Depot Platform. The restored station provides an atmospheric backdrop and contained space for an outdoor performance for an audience of 40-60 people, seated. Taking place the evenings of July 24, 25 and 26, performances commence @7:30PM each night, with one 10 minute intermission between the 2nd & 3rd pieces. Successful applicants must appear at each performance.

Our Panellists:

All submissions will be adjudicated by our panel, consisting of:

  • Corliss Philllabeum, Professor Emeritus UWM
  • Fly Steffens, Playwright
  • Russ Bickerstaff, Theatre Critic, Shepherd Express|Express Milwaukee
  • Edward Winslow, Choreographer and Puppet Maker
  • Christine Prevetti, Retired Arts & Music Librarian

The Pitch:

  • Please submit a paragraph explaining your performance, outlining content and intention. Theater/Music/Dance or other performance art is acceptable. Your piece should be suitable for all ages.. The South Milwaukee Community is excited to have performance that engages its history. We invite you to go to this link to learn more about the depot and its history for inspiration.

  • The pitch paragraph cannot exceed 400 words and should include:
    • Subject matter and source
    • Anticipated duration (up to 20 minutes)
    • Personnel (number of actors/performers)
    • Description of any props, costumes or other technical issues
  • Pieces may be original or adapted for the venue, but pieces which engage the location and provide a clear artistic point of view are encouraged. Think outside the box and at the venue.

About You:
Applicants must provide an “about you” paragraph of no more than 200 words. If applying on behalf of an organization/group, tell us about both the group and yourself. Include information on potential collaborators that are known at time of application. Remember to include your contact information.

The Commission and The Pop Up Festival:

The Battery Factory is offering $200 Micro-grants to support the development of these pieces.

Grantees will meet twice to develop a collaborative plan for the event. The Battery Factory will provide rehearsal space during the week prior to the festival as available.

The Battery Factory and the SMPAC will handle all interfaces with the venue and provide press and other marketing support for the festival. As the pieces selected are designed to take advantage of the venue, only hand props will be used. Sound or music may be available on a per need basis.

TBF will provide informal dressing room and storage space for the event. There will be one dress rehearsal at the venue.

The Pop-Up Festival will play for three nights at the venue. TBF will interface with local restaurants, vendors and community organizations in support of the festival.

Submission Information and Important Dates

All submissions must be made in writing to TBF, via email, to depot@thebatteryfactory.org

(application here: DramaAtTheDepot-application)

Submissions must be entered no later than June 27, 2014.

Inquiries may be made via email (above) or phone at 414-944-0026.

Selection of acts will be completed by July 1, 2014, after which successful applicants will be notified and the first of two all-personnel meetings will be scheduled. A second such meeting will be scheduled during this first meeting. Grant awards will be made at the Depot, after the final performance.

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