DivxFest: A Celebration of Women and Non Binary Theatre Makers

Div(x)Fest, 2024 - An Evening of Bold and Brilliant New Plays!

Div(x)Fest - IndyFringe's NEW Theatrical Devising Fellowship

IndyFringe Theatre & Festival is thrilled to announce Div(x)Fest, 2024! Sponsored in part by the Indiana Arts Commission, Div(x)Fest is an innovative fellowship theater project created to provide a supportive and nurturing platform for women and non binary creators at IndyFringe. This transformative initiative aims to foster an inclusive and empowering environment where underrepresented voices can collaborate on a theatrical devising project. Div(x)Fest offers a comprehensive and immersive experience, spanning several months, during which selected participants will be granted access to mentorship, resources, and a dedicated creative space at IndyFringe during our Div(x)Fest. The program will focus on all aspects of theater, from writing and directing to acting and production, allowing participants to explore their creative skillset. 

What We're Looking For:

  • 6 theatre-makers with a marginalized gender including women, non binary, and trans artists.
  • Thought-provoking ideas: We welcome works that tackle complex themes, deconstruct societal norms, and challenge comfort zones. Think, “EDGY”!
  • Artistic excellence and innovation: We’re seeking fresh voices that push the envelope.
  • A commitment to community engagement

Timeline:

  • Div(x)Fest application DEADLINE: January 31, 2024
  • Early February: Fellow applicants are reviewed by an external committee of theatre professionals
  • Playwrights and Fellows Selected: Early February (Selected by Feb 16)
  • Fellows Develop Work: Mid-February through April (Weekly or bi-weekly sessions From Feb 22 – April 14, 2024, dependent upon selected fellows agreed-upon rehearsal schedule)
  • Daily sessions/rehearsals: April 15-19, 2024
  • Tech rehearsals: April 22 – April 25, 2024
  • Present Fellowship Draft and Playwright’s Shows during Div(x)Fest at Fringe: April 26 – May 5, 2024
  • Twice monthly fellowship meetings continue: May 13 – August 4, 2024
  • Rehearsals for presentation in (or in proximity to) IndyFringe Festival, August 15 – 25, 2024
  • Final performance of devised work at 2024 IndyFringe Festival, August 15 – 25

What We Offer:

    • Production resources: Access to IndyFringe’s facilities, technical equipment, and marketing support throughout the course of the fellowship project (Jan, 2024 – August, 2024)
    • Financial support: A $500 stipend for fellows (4 available) and $1000 for production fellows (2 available) 
      • Production Fellows will have the opportunity to:
        • Guide the creative and administrative process of the fellowship
        • Partner with fringe staff on community outreach and educational opportunities for all fellows
        • Learn budget management and marketing strategies
        • Get first-hand experience producing the Div(x)Fest presentations, including 2 brand new scripts from women writers in Indianapolis
    • Artistic mentorship: Access to guest educators and artistic leaders throughout the process
    • Platform and recognition: The opportunity to showcase your work and create alongside other fellows

PLAY SUBMISSIONS OPEN NOW!

Are you a local creator working on a new piece that you would love to see hit the stage? Do you have a 5-minute masterpiece that’s ready for production? Maybe you’re a solo-artist looking for some feedback before Fringe Festival season? Perhaps you’re looking to hear a 50-minute draft out loud for the first time. Wherever you are in your creative process, Div(x)Fest 2024 may be the creative incubator for you! 

In addition to our inaugural devised theatre fellowship program, Div(x)Fest 2024 will honor the work of Hoosier women playwrights by selecting and producing plays of a variety of genres, lengths, and styles, and at various stages of development, to provide an uplifting and celebratory environment for revision, exploration, and presentation of new work. Each evening of Div(x)Fest (running April 26 – May 5) the fellows will present up to one hour of devised work as well as an additional hour of theatrical content written by Indiana’s brilliant women playwrights.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Plays must be between 1 and 60 minutes in length
  • Playwrights must reside in or be a native of the state of Indiana 
  • All women playwrights are welcome to submit (and yes, we mean ALL women)
  • Plays must be submitted blind 
    • Any identifying information (including but not limited to name, email, phone number, or address) may not appear on any page of your submitted script
  • Plays must not require any more than 6 actors (though they may contain more characters if double-casting is feasible for your production)
  • Plays of any genre will be considered
  • A completed draft must be submitted for evaluation – this needs not be the FINAL performance draft. 
  • Plays must be original works. No adaptations of other stories, television shows, plays, musicals, or movies
  • Playwrights may submit one script. Multiple submissions will not be accepted.
  • Plays must not have been previously produced or published

Winning Playwrights Receive

  • Dedicated development time with a director, dramaturg, stage manager, and designer
  • An honorarium of up to $250 
  • 3-6 full-cast performances of their work in its current stage of development:
    • Full production
    • On-book staged performance
    • Staged Reading
  • Invitation to exclusive educational opportunities and events with the Div(x)Fest 2024 cohort

Submission Guidelines:

  • Plays will be blindly evaluated by the Div(x)Fest 2024 Fellows, guided by professional dramaturgs and literary managers
  • At least two playwrights will be selected as winners
  • The total number of scripts selected will be at the discretion of the Div(x)Fest 2024 Fellows.
    • They will select up to 60 minutes of theatrical content to be presented in an evening
      • This may present itself as multiple sets of plays presented in rotating repertory depending on the goals of the fellows and playwrights in collaboration with the IndyFringe staff. 
  • All winning playwrights will receive an honorarium of up to $250
  • Selected playwrights will be notified with an offer by: 3/01

Timeline

Div(x)Fest Play Submission DEADLINE: February 16, 2024

  • Committee meetings for play selection: February 26 – 29
  • Playwrights notified: 03/01
  • Playwrights develop work with dedicated director, stage manager, and producer: 03/15 – 04/19
  • Tech rehearsals: April 22 – April 25, 2024
  • Present work during Div(x)Fest at Fringe: April 26 – May 5, 2024

The Divine Alchemists by Lucy Fields

You are all the woman you will ever need to be. Right now.

About the Play: What makes you who you are? When a young trans woman named Aerith (Heiress) uncovers her identity, she begins a project to catalog the ways that LGBTQ+ youth create their sense of self from the ground up. As she resiliently learns the art of transformation and presentation, Aerith and her three best friends navigate loss and friendship while challenge the structures that erase their transness. This moving and hilarious coming-of-age story joyfully guides you through the social alchemy of discovering yourself.

Lucy Fields is an actress, playwright, and all-around theatre-maker from Indianapolis. She holds a B.S. in Theatre with a concentration in performance and directing from the University of Indianapolis. 

 

The Indy Eleven Theatre –  4/28, 4/29, 5/04, 5/05, 5/06 – 7:30PM | 4/30 – 2:00PM 

The Divine Alchemists by Lucy Fields

Ballad of the Book Women by J. E. Hibbard

Without libraries and the education they provide and encourage, we simply cannot expect to have a country of educated people. – Eleanor Roosevelt

About the Play: When Eleanor Roosevelt announces that she will be going on tour to support public libraries and the packhorse librarian project, four charming Appalachian librarians and their mule, Nellie, work to bring their little library up to snuff. From fording streams to fending off criminals, these women will do anything to secure a meaningful education for their community, and they’ll do it with a song in their heart. This inspiring historical play with music sings the songs and tells the stories of a community of passionate women who fought for the joy of knowledge and equitable schooling in the hills of depression-era America. 

J. E. Hibbard (Sweet Dreams Pillowman, A (Happy) Holiday, Plutonian Grove) is a neurodivergent Playwright, Performer, Singer, and Storyteller who has lived in Indiana their entire life with 30+ years of theatrical experiences. Hibbard’s immersion in the arts has lead them here; writing plays for Women (all women), invisible illnesses, animal rights, often incorporating music into the realm of dark comedy or dramedy. 

 

The IndyFringe Basile Theatre –  4/28, 4/29, 5/04, 5/05, 5/06 – 8:00PM | 4/30 – 2:30PM 

Ballad of the Book Women by J.E. Hibbard
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