Strange Trace Stencils Festival 2022 Call for Proposals

What We’re Looking For

We love theatrical works of any style. Proposals should be for works under twenty minutes. A few things to bear in mind:

  • The exact format of the festival is not yet set—there may be a combination of digital and live presentations (TBD pending practical and safety concerns), so proposals should have a degree of flexibility in that regard

  • Stencils shows will be cast from Strange Trace’s five singer/actor members

    • Proposals with casts of 1-3 are especially encouraged

    • We will work with composers/librettists on casting, but all final casting decisions will be made by Strange Trace

  • The instrumentation available for the festival is not yet determined, but will be set by Strange Trace before the composition process begins

    • Works for open instrumentation and unaccompanied works are great, too!

    • Piano may not be available, but our keyboard player, Greg, has an awesome variety of electronic keyboard instruments!

    • Use of electronics is possible, with the understanding that the composer should be able to provide us with all the tools we need

  • We’re looking for shows that engage with our mission and values

  • You may submit a work that you have already begun working on, with the understanding that it will be tailored to fit Strange Trace through the development and production process of Stencils

  • Our first Stencils Festival wraps up on-demand viewing July 4-6th; if you didn’t catch it, we will be posting excerpt videos on our website soon. Our website and YouTube channel include other video productions, and applicants are encouraged to take a peek and see what we’re about!

The Application and Review Process

The application process has two rounds. For the first round, please fill out the corresponding Google Form, linked below, which will collect some basic information about you and your idea. The round one form is due by August 1st (at 11:59PM EDT). Artists can apply in one of four ways:

Last year, we produced works from each of those categories, so please don’t hesitate to apply if you’re looking to be paired with a collaborator!

Each application will be read by Strange Trace members, scored, and discussed in group meetings to determine which proposals move to the second round. In the second round, in addition to requesting samples of your work, we will have specific questions for your proposal which came up in our discussion from round one.

From round two, a small group of finalists will be selected for interviews, which will help us determine the shows we will produce. These interviews will be held virtually, and will be scheduled during round two of the application process. We’ll make sure you have everything you need beforehand—we just want a chance to meet you and get to know you a bit!

The Production Process

Each selected work will be paired with a Strange Trace member who will serve as the project lead, and will help guide the show through a workshop process tailored specifically to each show, which will include events like table reads and discussions, brainstorming sessions, semi-staged libretto readings, score readings, rehearsals and coachings, and eventually the production itself! While there may be some in-person participation possible, all events will be able to be fully attended virtually. Below, you’ll find a rough timeline which, while subject to change, will give you an idea of the scope of the development process.

Timeline

Please note that this is our current plan, but it is subject to change—particularly pending safety concerns. We will be very communicative about scheduling.

JULY 1st: Stencils Festival 2022 Call for Proposals opens

AUGUST 1st: Round 1 form closes at 11:59PM EDT

SEPTEMBER 1st: Proposals selected for round 2 are notified and materials are requested

SEPTEMBER 8th: Round 2 materials are due

SEPTEMBER 30th: Finalists are notified and interviews are scheduled

OCTOBER 8th: Winners are selected and notified

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER: Libretto writing and workshopping

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER: Score writing

JANUARY: Score draft reading and workshopping

FEBRUARY: Rehearsal score due

FEB/MARCH/APRIL: Music learning, rehearsals and coachings

MAY: Staging rehearsals and/or filming

JUNE: Stencils Festival!

Questions

If you have any questions about Stencils or the call for proposals, please email us at strangetraceopera@gmail.com