The 2013 Bay One Acts Festival (BOA) will take place from September 14th – October 5th with two programs of plays running in rep. We are currently in the process of confirming our 2013 Producing Partners for this event.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions to give you more information about how to become a Producing Partner for BOA 2013…
What is a BOA Producing Partner?
Basically, our Producing Partners are the Bay Area theater companies that work with us to produce a one act play for the BOA festival. The requirements beyond that for fundraising, marketing and publicity support for the festival are minimal. We typically work with 8-10 Producing Partners per festival, and theater companies may be based in any of the nine counties that we accept play submissions from (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma)
What plays have you selected for the festival, and which play would we produce if we become a Producing Partner?
BOA open submissions ended awhile ago, and those plays have been read and processed by our Literary Committee. We have narrowed the plays down to our top picks from those submissions. Producing Partners may choose to send us one act plays that they already want to produce to consider for the festival, or we can email you plays that we think might be a good fit for your company. Plays matched with Producing Partners will then be matched with other plays selected for the festival in an effort to line-up two diverse and dynamic programs for BOA 2013. BOA plays are also chosen for their length (one act plays typically around 10-15 pages), simplicity of design/production elements, and small casts which make them easier to integrate into a festival format.
When and where is BOA 2013?
BOA 2013 will be one of the first events to go up in the new PianoFight theater complex at 144 Taylor St. in San Francisco http://pianofight.com/venue/ . Programs One and Two will run in rep from September 14th until October 5th with performances Wed-Sun at 8pm. Load in is Sunday September 8th and tech is September 9th – 13th, with different programs/plays teching each evening. The final dress rehearsal for each program will take place the afternoon before they open on Saturday September 14th and Sunday September 15th. Each program will have eight performances.
What actors do we work with as a Producing Partner?
Producing Partners may cast their play with actors they already know and have worked with, but directors are encouraged to cast from our BOA general auditions which will take place mid-July.
Who would direct our BOA play?
You may choose to submit a director suggestion with your play submissions once you have signed on as a Producing Partner, or we can help match you up with directors who have expressed an interest in working with the festival.
What are the Producing Partner’s production requirements?
The producing partner is responsible for casting (although we definitely help with the general auditions), rehearsing, booking and finding space to rehearse, and coordinating props, scenic pieces, costumes and sound in conjunction with our production team. There will be a small budget (TBD piece by piece) allocated to each company to acquire necessary props or costumes. Again, plays are selected for their minimal production needs since we need to work with the same set and lighting plot for each play and we need to be able to transition quickly from piece to piece. Remember that these are one act plays most being less than 15 minutes in length, so rehearsal time should not be extensive (depending on the play anywhere from 10-20 hours) and we can help you find rehearsal venues (Producing Partner still pays for rehearsal hours) if space is an issue for your company.
What is the BOA production team?
BOA has its own Production Manager and Artistic Director. The festival will have a Stage Manager, Lighting Tech/Designer and Sound Designer for each program, although some may choose to work on both. The Stage Manger is not present for every BOA rehearsal as a typical SM would be, but we will encourage him or her to attend at least one of your rehearsals before tech week.
What about marketing, box office, tickets, concessions etc?
BOA will coordinate ticketing box office, etc through PianoFight which will also house a full restaurant and bar in their new facility for community building before and after each BOA performance. BOA 2013 has its own marketing and design team, but of course we ask that Producing Partners help us get butts in seats by spreading the word to your network of patrons, subscribers, artists, etc.
Is there a Kickstarter campaign this year?
YES! A large chunk of our budget comes from our Kickstarter campaign which will launch as we get closer to the festival. While Producing Partners are not required to raise a certain dollar amount through Kickstarter, we hope and desire that our Producing Partners will also help us promote our Kickstarter campaign, especially since money raised through Kickstarter also goes towards artist stipends.
Does BOA pay its artists?
In previous years we have been able to give every artist involved in the festival a stipend (around $100) because of ticket sales and money raised through Kickstarter. We hope to be able to do that and then some again this year.
What is the time commitment for Producing Partners outside of rehearsals, festival marketing and Kickstarter promotion time?
There will be a BOA All Company Meeting in late June, General Auditions, Table Readings in July, Production Meetings for each program in late July or Early August, and Paper Tech/ Production Meetings for each program in August. The play’s director should be available for all meetings and readings, and anyone else from the Producing Partner company can attend the All Company Meeting and Table Reads or any other meetings if they choose. We really try to help build our BOA community by making the All Company Meeting and Table Reads especially festive events with opportunity for food, drink, networking and socializing with BOA artists. There will also be an opening and closing party for the BOA festival for our artists and Producing Partners.
Why should we be involved in BOA 2013? What’s in it for us?
Creating community! For over ten years, the Bay One Acts Festival has showcased the best short plays from the most exciting independent theatre companies in the Bay Area. In those ten years, BOA has gathered the local independent performing arts community in a dynamic annual month-long festival that celebrates the work of local playwrights. In addition, every year, BOA produces a published companion anthology of the plays selected for production. Our goals for the festival are to build community between and across theatre companies, foster vital and enduring relationships between playwrights and directors, provide a network for the 70+ artists involved in the festival for the years to come, encourage a real engagement with what the idea of collaboration means in practice, provide a platform for theater companies to expose their work and mission to new audiences, and to nurture innovative, theatrical creativity in a vital and innovative format.
This all sounds GREAT! How do I get my theater company involved as a Producing Partner for BOA 2013?
To be considered as a potential Producing Partner for BOA 2013 please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “BOA 2013 Producing Partner” in the subject, and please include the following information in your reply:
- Theater company name
- Year founded
- Mission statement and/or theatrical aesthetic
- Website and/or Facebook page
- Artistic Director’s name
- Who would be the primary BOA contact? Name, title, email, and phone number?
- Do you have a play or plays that you would like to submit to BOA 2013 and produce for the festival? If yes, please list title and playwright, and/or send attachments in your reply.
- Are you a theater company that devises new work, and is interested in developing a piece specifically for the festival? If yes, please explain.
- Do you have a director or potential directors in mind to work on BOA 2013? If, yes, who?
- Do you have any known schedule conflicts with the any festival dates or potential meetings listed in the FAQ’s?
- Why are you interested in being a Producing Partner for BOA 2013?
We will be lining up producing partners through the end of May, and getting back to potential partners quickly as we receive emails of interest.
Feel free to email email@example.com with any questions.
We are looking forward to creating our BOA 2013 community of theater artists, and we hope that you will consider being a part of it!