How it all works

The DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival uses a juried application process to insure the festival is a cross-section of the best emerging performance from round the nation. The application process is highly competitive.  This does not mean that because you are new or inexperienced that your chances of being accepted are limited.  In fact, an important part of our mission in producing the festival is to create a community that provides an opportunity for new emerging talent.


 What you need to do: to become a part of the Festival:

  •   Submit your application and your application fee
  •   Secure the rights to your production, if it is not original work
  •   Promote your show. We market the Festival as a whole.
  •   Submit technical information - such as running time, lighting, sound & special effects
  •   Adhere to the festival policies including; signage, box office and procedures



How to apply

Applications for all festival categories; Full Length,  One-Act Competition, and 10-Minute Competition should be submitted online at  If your project is selected there is a small  participation fee which helps us cover theater fees, advertising and administrative cost.  The Submitting Team bears most of the production cost, which might include simple sets and costumes, but none of the major burden of space rental. The festival  provides  the  space, a tech director, design advisors, 1 tech  rehearsal, advertisement  in  the  festival  program guide, tickets,  ticket sellers,  ushers,  liability insurance  and  all marketing materials.  100%  of  the  box office goes to the Submitter (You), allowing each Submitting Team to make a good chunk of their money back. Submitters set ticket prices but the festival ask that admissions be capped at $15 per ticket.


A company or individual applies for a spot by submitting an application form and fee. Applicants are selected after careful review to ensure a perfect fit for the festival. Applicants are then notified by email,  and by phone.


How Ticket revenue works:

  •  The Festival gives 100% of the box office revenue to the artists or producing company
  •    The ticket price should be no more than $15.00 for all companies
  •    The Festival charges a $1.25 surcharge on all advance tickets sold online
  •    There is no surcharge on the at-door ticket sales
  •    All payouts are settled 10-days after the run of the festival
  •    The average artist payout for one show is approximately $1,500 - $2,500