Nearly all work at Dixon Place is curated. We have performances 6 nights a week and as such we receive a high volume of submissions. To help us review your submission efficiently, please read our mission statement and review our series that accept submissions below to make sure Dixon Place is a good fit for your work. Please keep in mind that we are looking for works in progress.
We do not accept submissions for full-scale productions, nor do we present work that has already been produced. Our commissions and long runs are by invitation only.
What we are looking for: brand new work at all stages of development. We present theatre, dance, music, performance art, literature, puppetry, film/video, burlesque and circus arts!
Please note: Dixon Place accepts submissions only from artists based in the NYC area.
It may take us up to two months after the submission deadline to respond to you. Please be patient and refrain from checking on your status. We promise we’re working on it! Due to the high volume of submissions to our dance series (Crossing Boundaries, Moving Men & Under Exposed), our dance curators are only able to contact artists they are interested in programming. Please, no calls.
Dixon Place accepts submissions year-round. Upcoming deadlines are as follows. It is possible that a late submission could be considered, otherwise it will be held for the following season.
January-February: September 26
March-April: November 21
May-June season: January 23
HOT! Festival (July and early August, queer artists only): March 27
August (lounge only): April 24
September-October: May 23
November-December: July 25
Artists will be notified when submission materials are received.
Our Performance Spaces
Dixon Place has two performance spaces: the lounge and the mainstage.
Our mainstage theater is a uniquely designed space with state-of-the-art technology and a grand piano. The bi-level structure accommodates seating for up to 130 people. The stage is sprung masonite and measures 36 feet x 20 feet (dependent on seating arrangement). The color of the stage floor changes frequently. Artists chosen to present work on the mainstage are offered a small honorarium, rehearsal and tech time as well as marketing and administrative support. Artists are presented for one evening and often on a shared bill.
The lounge has a small, portable raised stage (5.5’ x 4’) and total performance area measuring 11.5’ x 6’, a Kranich & Bach upright piano, and assorted tables, chairs and antique carpets that create an intimate salon-type ambiance. The lounge seats approximately 40 with room for 30 additional people standing. Artists chosen to present work in the lounge will have a sound check the day of the performance, are provided with marketing and administrative support and are welcome to pass the hat for tips and donations. Artists are presented for one evening and runtime cannot exceed 45 minutes.
Note that this list only includes our series with an open submission policy. See our programs page for a full list of our series and programs.
You are only able to submit to one series at a time, so please choose the series you think is the best fit. Please do not send in more than one submission per 2-month submission period.
We HIGHLY encourage you to attend a series before submitting to it so you have a sense of what sort of work the series presents.
Performance Works-in-Progress (Lounge and Mainstage)
Our signature program. This series highlights new theatre, puppetry, performance art, music, burlesque, circus arts and interdisciplinary collaborations by emerging and established artists. The goal of this series is to foster a diverse range of disciplines and perspectives and to encourage artistic risk-taking in a supportive, intimate and professional environment. Projects are presented at varying stages of development and are often on shared bills. Please note we do not program dance in this series. Choreographers should submit to one of our dance series.
HOT! The NYC Celebration of Queer Culture (Lounge and Mainstage)
HOT! The NYC Celebration of Queer Culture is the longest-running festival of queer performance in the world! The festival features new works of theater, performance art, music, puppetry, visual art, burlesque, circus arts and more by emerging, mid-career & established LGBTQ artists.
This year’s festival celebrates its 26th anniversary in 2017. HOT! presents over 100 queer artists six nights a week every summer.
A creative think tank, happening, salon, and symposium presenting what is next in art for New York & beyond. Curated by Frank J. Miles.
We are always seeking innovative and original music for our Lounge. The Lounge is a very intimate space designed for acoustic music. Amplification is not necessary. Drum kits and rock music not welcome. Volume of performance is at the discretion of Dixon Place. Please feel free to stop by after 6pm any evening Monday-Saturday and check out the space.
The Bingo Lounge
Performance, music, readings, recitals, showdowns, story-telling, séances, theme parties & bingo in the Lounge, once a week in August.
Dance Programs (Mainstage)
New work by choreographers who cross cultural, geographic & disciplinary boundaries. Curated by Marcia Monroe, each evening features 4-5 choreographers showing 10-15 minutes of work.
This series features choreographers of all genders working with all male dancers. Curated by Doug Post, each evening features 4 choreographers showing 10-20 minutes of work.
This series focuses on emerging, up & coming contemporary choreographers who are refining and defining their distinctive styles. Curated by Doug Post, each evening features 4 choreographers showing 10-20 minutes of work.
8 in Show
A quarterly series curated by Sangeeta Yesley that features 8 dance companies each evening, giving emerging and established choreographers of all dance forms an opportunity to showcase new, 5 – 12 minute pieces. NOTE this series has a separate submission form. Click here for more info.
An opportunity for choreographers working in all dance forms to workshop longer, more developed pieces that run 25 – 35 minutes. The series takes place 10 times throughout the year and features 2 choreographers or dance companies each evening on a shared bill. Each evening is curated around a theme. Curated by Sangeeta Yesley. NOTE this series has a separate submission form. Click here for more info.
Literary Programs (Lounge)
QT (Queer Text)
A literary reading series exploring the rich lives of LGBTQ people. Curated by Phillip Ammonds.
Questions? Email submissions[at]dixonplace[dot]org.