About SPF

The Summer Play Festival (SPF) produces original new plays and musicals by emerging writers during the summer months at the legendary Public Theater in New York City.

Since its inception in 2004, SPF has provided numerous resources to emerging theatre artists, produced over 600 public performances, and has provided an opportunity for 82 writers, as well as over one thousand directors, designers, actors, stage managers, and interns to present their work in a protected environment.

In 2005, The Living Room for Artists (LRA) was created as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization to ensure that the Festival perpetuates its mission, and whose central goal is to both fuel the growth of emerging theatre artists and encourage people to create, attend, and work in the theatre.

SPF is the Only Festival of its Kind

  • SPF presents full productions of its plays, not staging readings or workshpos
  • SPF provides full financial, administrative, technical and production support, at no cost to the artists
  • SPF accepts unsolicited manuscripts, and does not charge application or artist participation fees
  • SPF supplies guidance by established Broadway and off-Broadway professionals, including leading artistic directors to act as mentors to its productions
  • SPF undertakes an extensive advertising, marketing and outreach program to introduce our plays and playwrights to audiences and industry
  • SPF does not control or profit from future productions

Attracting a New Audience

Founded by Broadway producer Arielle Tepper Madover, SPF is also committed to providing a low ticket price of only $10. As a result, the Festival has sold out its four-week performance schedule for each of the past six years and has attracted a diverse audience of over 60,000 theatre patrons, the majority under the age of 35.

SPF playwrights have gone on to receive productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, regionally and internationally. Their work has been presented at institutions such as Lincoln Center Theater, the Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theater Club, the Atlantic Theater Company and Playwrights Horizons in New York City; and the Donmar Warehouse, the Bush Theatre and the National Theatre in the United Kingdom.

Photo Credits

Peter Strauss and Patrick McNulty in Blueprint (SPF 2005)
Photo by Carol Rosegg

Annie Parisse and Jenny Ikeda in Tell Out My Soul (SPF 2008)
Photo by Carol Rosegg


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