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ARTIST INFO

THANK YOU for considering participating in what promises to be a phenomenal

FIRST ANNUAL SOLO FEST

in beautiful San Miguel de Allende - named the #1 city in the world!

We're THRILLED to have you here!

The info below should answer most of your Qs about the festival.

Let us know if there's anything else you need to know. 

We look forward to getting to know you and your work!

WE'RE THRILLED THAT YOU'RE CONSIDERING BEING PART OF THIS FABULOUS INAUGURAL SOLO FEST IN SAN MIGUEL! 

THANK YOU!

We're here for you and value and appreciate your artistry and talent!

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR:

A variety of high-quality one-person shows (or mostly one-person), in English, that are very well-written, acted and produced, with performances that are as moving and impactful as they are engaging and entertaining. 

The shows can be:

  • comedic, dramatic or a combo.

  • musical (with tracks or keyboard - you provide musician or we can hire locally).

  • a variety of themes, as long as they are inspiring and entertaining.

  • autobiographical stories about challenges that have been overcome that inspire hope and resilience.

  • celebrity or historical figure stories that are engaging and beautifully portrayed.

Award-winning shows would be great, though not necessary. Inclusive stories and themes with actors of any race, gender, ideology or sexual orientation are highly encouraged.

We will select 6 shows; each will have two performances during one week (more info below.)

A bit of demographics/info about our audience: 

San Miguel attracts thousands of English-speaking world travelers with an appreciation for theatre, music and culture. There are many residents and visitors who tend to be of retirement age (though of course, not all) who are well-read and support all different types of entertainment and cultural events.

 

In general, audiences in San Miguel are very generous, kind and engaged, and they'll be very excited to attend your show!

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU

A synopsis/blurb of you show, running time, Tech Rider, perhaps images of your set, along with a FULL VIDEO of a performance, if you have it. This will help the production team determine if your show is in alignment with our vision, the type and pace of the show, set and lighting ideas, etc.

 

NOTE: If you DON'T have a full video, please send excerpts from rehearsals. The more you can show us, the better.

If you're selected, we will need your commitment to show up as agreed (a letter of agreement will follow) because there will be lots of PR, printed materials in advance that cannot be changed after final selection. 

We're hoping to make final selections by October 31, 2024.

DATES

 

Show dates are:  Week 1 - March 14, 15, 16, 2024  and Week 2 - March 21, 22, 23, 2024 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays.)

You will have two performances during ONE of those weeks (schedule TBD based on set and tech needs, themes, etc.)

First show is at 5 PM, the second at 7:30 PM (on two different dates.)

Each week there will be an artists panel for Q and A, and you are welcome to offer short workshops (up to 3 hours) during your week, when you're not rehearsing. They can be about anything you love related to the artistry of solo theatre. Keep in mind, for higher attendance, they should be geared towards a general audience, not necessarily for actors, although we have plenty here as well. Max of 12-15 participants.

TECH STUFF

You will have up to 5 hours of tech rehearsal on the previous Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. So, plan to be here the entire week, from Sunday to Sunday. You can of course stay longer, but housing will be up to you for your second week.

Keep things simple if you can.  The Teatro Santa Ana has a newly renovated LED Lighting Grid and sound system. Because there are several shows, the lights will be pre-set and can't be moved. They will cover all areas of the stage to give you flexibility. Though you can absolutely work with several looks, colors, etc.

Projections: There is a large screen upstage. If possible, minimize the use of projections, but if your show needs them, we'll accommodate.

You'll have both a lighting tech and a sound/projection tech. Also, a bilingual stage manager to help you during rehearsals. You cannot go over the allotted 5 hours, so please plan ahead. 

Are your sound and projection cues on USB or Q LAB? Let us know as we confirm things. 

Currently the theatre hasn't been using Qlab. We're looking into it, as many artists tend to  have their projection/sound cues in Qlab. If not, a list, in sequence in a USB (and an backup USD) would be great.

SETS and PROPS

Please try to keep your set to a minimum. We'll do our best to provide the basics, such as: a small round table and two chairs, a desk, a bench, etc. If you require a specific style or specific items, let us know ASAP. You may need to purchase or rent some hard-to-find items. We can discuss your needs before you commit to doing the festival.

We have some props available. Again, if you require things like a period piece or a specific type of item, plan to bring them with you.  We can chat after you provide your list.

HOUSING

We're doing our best to provide housing for you at a local resident's home. It may be a bedroom in their home, with a private bath. If you'd rather stay at your own Airbnb with kitchen and privacy, you're welcome to. Just let us know in advance. 

VENUE

The theatre venue is called: Teatro Santa Ana. It's a beautiful, newly renovated theatre with great acoustics; it seats 91. It's a proscenium stage with a gorgeous red curtain. Stage is approximately 24 x 18 feet, painted black. Large screen upstage for projection is available. It has a fabulous new LED lighting grid, and great sound system. (Tech needs can be discussed later, if your show is selected.)

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FINANCES

 

We're doing everything possible to underwrite ALL costs for artists incurred for production (tech rehearsals staff, rental of space, some set/props, etc) and PR. (Ads in local publication, posters, everyone gets 100 postcards. You'll provide all artwork, blurbs, etc. about your show.)

 

  • If selected, we'll keep you updated on the shared costs for above - if any. In the event that we don't get everything underwritten, shared costs between all participating artists will not exceed $500 USD per artist. The amount, to be defined in advance, will come out of ticket sales. You will then received your agreed upon percentage of ticket sales, above that amount. If for any reason, your percentage doesn't cover that amount, then we will bill you. That would be a last resort. We'll keep you posted and you'll have plenty of time to decide if you want to proceed.

  • Tickets will likely sell for $400 pesos (around $23 USD). There will also be a one or two weekend pass at slightly less. A sold-out show will generate around $2070. You will retain 40% of ticket sales, paid no more than 30 days after the festival ends, minus some minimal ticket admin fees. So, approx. $828 per show. Since you're doing two shows, sold-out houses (which we are anticipating) will bring close to $1650. Not huge, but hopefully this should cover your travel costs and have some extra to enjoy a fabulous time in one of the most artistically vibrant cities in the world!

  • PLEASE NOTE: Though theatrical events tend to be very well attended in San Miguel (especially since this is a new concept) we cannot guarantee sold-out performances. A lot will have to do with the nature of your show, your PR blurbs and getting the word out while you're here. We encourage you to use social media and your own promotion efforts in advance.

  • You are responsible for your flight, ground transportation, meals and any special needs (specialty props, set pieces, etc.)

MORE DETAILS will be provided if your show is selected.

In the meantime, if you have any Qs, you can send us an email HERE.

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