Festival of Independent Theatres

22nd Annual Festival of Independent Theatres



The Bath House Cultural Center and the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture announce an open call for entries for the twenty-second annual Festival of Independent Theatres, opening July 10, 2020 and running through August 1, 2020.

Entry qualifiers are as follows: 

  • Submitting companies must be independent theatre companies.  (Producing company must not have ownership or management control of a theatrical performance space, including educational institutions.)
  • Scripts must be fifty minutes or less in performance time.  (The festival may dismiss a company at any time for a production run-time over fifty minutes.)
  • Prior productions a company has produced in the past FIVE (5) years will not be accepted.  Produced staged readings will be considered if not previously produced in a festival format.
  • Submissions will be considered on the condition of the script at the time of the submittal deadline.
  • Producing companies and their casts must be available for the entire festival run.


COMPANY INFORMATION- Please provide a basic overview of your company’s production history, as well as a copy of your company’s mission statement, and a brief explanation of how the proposed script helps to achieve that mission. 

THE PRODUCTION AND ITS HISTORY- Please provide a summary of the script itself, along with a brief statement explaining your organization’s vision for the realization of the script. Include any and all set, costume or other design ideas that you feel will be pertinent to the production. Also, please answer the following questions: 

  • Does your production include any of the following:  

Material Unsuited for Children 



Pyrotechnics (including candles) 


Atmospheric Effects 

Stage Blood 


  • Has your organization produced this script previously in any form? 
  • To your knowledge has this script been produced by any organization in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area within the past FIVE (5) years? 


  • Please provide us with full organizational contact information including mailing address, phone/voicemail numbers, e-mail, website, etc. 
  • Please provide contact information on at least TWO (2) key organizational representatives including home/cell phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and optional phone numbers if available. 
  • Your submission should include your written proposal, a copy of your script, and any supporting information (such as photos, press reviews, marketing materials, etc.) that you think would be pertinent. 

Deadline for submissions: Saturday, March 7th, 2020 by 6 PM.    

Submissions must be received by the deadline. 

Late submissions will not be considered. 

Submissions may be mailed, or hand delivered (during regular business hours)* to: 

Bath House Cultural Center 

Attn: Festival of Independent Theatres 

521 E. Lawther Drive 

Dallas, TX 75218 


Submissions may be submitted electronically to fitfestdallas@gmail.com 

Responses will be delivered by mid-April 2020

If you have any further questions, please contact:

The Festival of Independent Theatres at



or The Bath House Cultural Center at (214) 670-8749.]

*Please contact the Bath House Cultural Center for their hours of operation, as scheduled renovations in March 2020 may affect regular access to the building.