And just like that . . . we’ve wrapped up our first year of Rave.
Our brand new theater festival had its last performance of its inaugural year last night.
And I couldn’t be happier with how the whole thing went.
Let me do what I love to do, and give you some numbers:
- 19 productions and 3 readings were produced for a total of 101 performances of brand-spankin’ new theater.
- Over 4,500 audience members attended performances by these emerging TheaterMakers. 4,500!!!
- Over 200 Artists helped make these shows happen, both on stage, off stage, in the wings, in the booths, and a bunch behind a desk.
- There were thousands of social media mentions and reviews, resulting in hundreds of thousands of impressions for those Artists.
- And there was one, very proud founder/Broadway Producer/Blogger.
I had the easy job for this festival. Seven months ago I had an idea. And I posed it to my staff, who looked at me a little bug-eyed and then said, “We’re in.”
See, like me, they believe the world is a better place if there’s more theater in it. So when I said that we should make a festival happen as part of our 5000By2025 mission, to work they went in order to make this festival happen.
And there’s no way it would have happened without them.
Special thanks to Valerie Novakoff, Britt Lafield, Monica Hammond, Mary Dina, Erica Fallon, Emily McGill, Jenna Lazar, Parrish Salyers, and Kellie Williams for their passion and for taking my idea and executing it with excellence to the Nth degree
And to the Producers, Writers, Actors, Designers, Musicians, and all the Artprerenuers who made their shows happen . . . this thing was nothing . . . absolutely nothing . . . without you.
Your passion is inspiring.
So inspiring, in fact, that you’ve inspired us to do this again.
Yep, Rave will return next summer. Rave 2.0 in 2020. 🙂
So sign up here to be the first to know when we’re taking submissions and when the tickets for the next set of shows-to-be will go on sale.
Because if this season proved anything, it’s that there are a whole group of TheaterMakers out there who you may not know today . . . but you will tomorrow.
UPDATE ALERT! We’ve just announced the winners of our Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Play, and many others:
Outstanding Original Score
Outstanding Book of a Musical
Are you a Producer, Writer or other TheaterMaker? Got a show? Make it a goal of yours to submit your show for next year’s Rave! Click here and sign up to know when we’re taking submissions.
Don’t have a show yet? Start working on one today! One of the biggest hits of the festival was written AFTER we announced the festival. 12-year-old Joshua Turchin wrote his show just to submit it. And then this happened. It can happen to you too. Click here.