Request for submission
Echo Theater Company is seeking proposals for new short works to be presented as part of the 2020 Fertile Ground Festival. “Interplay” will feature a curated collection of multidisciplinary pieces ranging from 10-20 minutes each. We are cultivating work arising from relationships between different performance mediums, artists of disparate disciplines, and/or collaborations between the same. We are particularly interested in work that combines performance disciplines to celebrate the diversity of human experience.

We are specifically interested in intersections of disciplines with artists from underrepresented and cultural communities. What if mythology and hip hop came together? Where does ASL meet dance? Can we follow Shakespeare with actors who are engaged in partner acrobatics? What happens when you put your aria into an aerial harness? Think aspirationally. Seek partnerships with other artists. Pitch us a piece that demonstrates what is possible when our differences intersect. Please specify if your work is intended for audiences of all ages or for mature audiences.

Dates: Jan 31 - Feb 2, Feb 7-9 2020 (Friday and Saturday evenings, Sunday matinee)
Venue: Echo Theater - Portland, OR
Compensation: $100 - $200 determined by number of performances, act size, experience. 1 comp performer GA ticket.

Up to two acts may be submitted via this form.

Participants will be provided use of Echo Theater for a performance (up to four (4) performances), access to a Lighting Designer, a video document of your performance, 1 rehearsal in the space, 1 tech/dress rehearsal in the space. ETC will cover all marketing, Lighting and Sound technicians, and the fees associated with Fertile Ground, admin,and ticketing. Each piece selected for inclusion will receive a payment between $100 - $200 that will be based upon: number of performances during the run, number of performers in the piece, and experience level of performers. Bonus pay may be issued based on final ticket sales.
Submission Process and Timeline
Submissions will be open to all applicants between August 15 and close to all applicants on September 30, 2019. A $25 application fee applies. Submissions by artists identifying as members of marginalized/underrepresented communities will be accepted between July 15 and August 15, 2019 with no application fee required. After August 15, all applicants will be required to pay the fee.

All submissions will be juried by a panel of five (5) artists from a diversity of different disciplines, identities and lived experiences.

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Name of Act (can be tentative)
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Music (if known, or if using)
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Act 1 Description (please describe your idea in as much detail as possible)
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Act 1 Please provide a video link to a sample of your work. If you have not produced work in the past, a video of your process, rehearsal, or initial ideas will suffice. If collaborating with someone new, a video including samples from each is strongly recommended.
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Is there anything else we should know about you or this act idea?
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Act 2 Idea, include music if known.
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Act 2 video (not necessary)
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If submitting between July 16 and August 15, please indicate the marginalized/underrepresented communities with which you identify.
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About Echo Theater Company and Fertile Ground Festival
Echo Theater: Located in the Hawthorne neighborhood and served by buses 14, 75, and 66 – see for stops and schedules. Street parking only. Theater has a wheelchair accessible bathroom just off the lobby and an accessible changing area backstage. Standard green room is down a flight of stairs. Gender neutral bathrooms. All shows will be ASL interpreted. Other accommodations possible, just ask!

About Fertile Ground:
Fertile Ground is a non-juried festival of new works representing a variety of artistic genres, from fully staged world premiere works of theater, to experimental and ensemble-driven work; from workshop productions, readings, and performance events, to collaborations including dance, music, comedy, and visual art. Unlike a typical fringe festival, Fertile Ground’s focus is on sharing the work of our local artists, ensuring that the artistic and financial benefits of the festival stay in Portland, while showcasing Portland‘s creative community to the world.

Echo Theater Company values the diversity of human experience, and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, color, religion, physical or mental disability, creed, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. People who share our values are encouraged to apply. *
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