2022 SheATL Summer Theater Festival Shows Announced!

The 2022 SheATL Theater Festival will run August 18-28 at the Schwartz Performing Arts Center on the Emory University Campus. It will present 4 full-length plays by gender-marginalized artists — read on below to learn more about them!

Can’t decide which show to see? See them all! With our Subscription packages, you can see multiple shows for a discount.

To Serve the Hive by Julia Byrne

The world is no longer plentiful, and the hive is changing. If the divine power of a queen cannot ensure security, how do they survive starvation? How does a vain, aging autocrat accept the need for a successor? This play is a queer political thriller and a climate change drama.

Thursday, Aug. 25th @ 7:30pm

Friday, Aug. 26th @ 7:30pm

Sister, Braid My Hair by Sarahjeen François 

Sister, Braid My Hair features four sisters who exist as figures in a tableaux and find reasons to escape their frame for a good time in the real-world. However, they quickly discover that the real-world ain’t as pretty as their picture.

This play is a kaleidoscope of Black culture, bringing to life the vibrance of quintessential Black art works, drawing inspiration from painters like Monica Stewart, to choreographers like Katherine Dunham. Simultaneously, Sister, Braid My Hair pays homage to the beautiful and innovative traditions of African hair braiding as well as the sense of kinship that upholding those traditions creates.

Saturday, Aug. 20th @ 7:30pm

Sunday, Aug. 21st @ 7:30pm

walls by Sofia Palmero

After Maya attempts suicide, her new neighbor Lola is hired to secretly take care of her. But as their friendship starts to deepen, their feelings threaten to implode both their relationships. Will they have the courage to dive into the unknown, or will the chaos in their lives force them apart?

Thursday, Aug. 18th @ 7:30pm

Friday, Aug. 19th @ 7:30pm

You’re a Weirdo, Annie Best by Erin Shea Brady

Annie Best is a writer living in Chicago — queer, polyamorous, recently estranged from family and at a creative standstill. When one of Annie’s partners convinces her to dive into the world of Nora Ephron’s great romantic comedies, she begins to see her life through the Ephron lens. Annie imagines scenes and conversations, paying homage to When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and Julie & Julia, and others. As seasons pass, romantic relationships develop and change with faith and family coming into question. Will reconnecting with her father help Annie find the courage to stand on her own?

Saturday, Aug. 27th @ 7:30pm

Sunday, Aug. 28th @ 7:30pm

About the SheATL Summer Theater Festival 

Script Submissions For 2023

Submissions will open in October or November 2022 for consideration for our 2023 Festival. Check back then for the application, and in the meantime, read on below about how the Festival works.

We help you produce your show. What does that mean, exactly?

Note that we are monitoring the Covid-19 situation closely, and may change any of the below to comply with local guidelines and to protect the safety of our artists & staff.

SheATL Provides:

THEATER RENTAL

The rental of the theater and all of the equipment that goes inside of it:

  • All light rentals
  • All curtain rentals
  • Laptop and speaker system for sound cues
  • Miscellaneous tech items like gaff tape, common tools, etc
  • A tech slot to tech your show
  • General Liability Insurance for your time inside the theater (note that this does not cover your rehearsal time outside of the theater; you may be required to get additional insurance for AEA if you hire AEA actors)

THEATER STAFF

We provide the staff IN the theater to make your tech and performances run smoothly, including:

  • A Production Manager to run your tech and call your show
  • A lighting designer to design your lights and program the light board during your tech
  • 1-2 additional backstage crew members to use in a way that best fits your show
  • Full front of house staff – Ushers, Box Office, and House Manager

SOME SET PIECES & PROPS 

  • We provide some limited miscellaneous set pieces that will be shared by all of the shows, exact pieces TBD. In the past, we’ve had tables, chairs, and couches to offer to all of our productions. Our Production Manager will poll the shows in advance of tech to get an idea of what the furniture needs may be.
  • An upright piano or keyboard in the space, if needed

MARKETING & ADVERTISING

  • We have a marketing campaign advertising the festival as a whole with social media ads, Google Ads, and various ads on other digital outlets that theatergoers frequent

A SHOW MENTOR

  • Unique to She NYC’s festivals, we provide a Mentor to each show. This is a member of our Festival staff who is there to guide you through the festival process, offer advice, and be an extra set of hands to help out as needed.

MISCELLANEOUS

Some other tools and items we provide are:

  • Playbill design all shows
  • A closing night party
  • Full ticketing system managed by SheATL Box Office staff
  • A life-long community of artists who will support all of your work in the future!

You Provide:

CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM

You can choose to work with Union or non-Union artists.

  • If you do hire AEA actors, you will need to manage your contract or code with them and provide the insurance required by AEA (your show mentor can help explain!)

DESIGN PIECES

Any additional set, costumes, and props that aren’t covered by our shared pieces.

If your show requires a band, you/your musicians should bring their own instruments beyond a piano.

 

REHEARSAL STUDIO SPACE

You handle the entire rehearsal process before you get into the She ATL Theater. We encourage you to get creative to get free or affordable rehearsal space. Have your read-thru in someone’s living room; rehearse in the park when it’s nice out!

“ELBOW GREASE” MARKETING

While we manage paid ads for the festival, we need your help to spread the word about your show to your networks! You likely won’t need or want to put money into this — just some old-fashioned effort of starting an Instagram for your show, emailing your network to let them know about your performances, and otherwise spreading the word to family & friends.

Get a sneak peek behind the scenes of the SheATL shows by following us on Instagram!

We help you produce your show. What does that mean, exactly?

Note that we are monitoring the Covid-19 situation closely, and may change any of the below to comply with local guidelines and to protect the safety of our artists & staff.

SheATL Provides:

THEATER RENTAL

The rental of the theater and all of the equipment that goes inside of it:

  • All light rentals
  • All curtain rentals
  • Laptop and speaker system for sound cues
  • Miscellaneous tech items like gaff tape, common tools, etc
  • A tech slot to tech your show
  • General Liability Insurance for your time inside the theater (note that this does not cover your rehearsal time outside of the theater; you may be required to get additional insurance for AEA if you hire AEA actors)

THEATER STAFF

We provide the staff IN the theater to make your tech and performances run smoothly, including:

  • A Production Manager to run your tech and call your show
  • A lighting designer to design your lights and program the light board during your tech
  • 1-2 additional backstage crew members to use in a way that best fits your show
  • Full front of house staff – Ushers, Box Office, and House Manager

SOME SET PIECES & PROPS 

  • We provide some limited miscellaneous set pieces that will be shared by all of the shows, exact pieces TBD. In the past, we’ve had tables, chairs, and couches to offer to all of our productions. Our Production Manager will poll the shows in advance of tech to get an idea of what the furniture needs may be.
  • An upright piano or keyboard in the space, if needed

MARKETING & ADVERTISING

  • We have a marketing campaign advertising the festival as a whole with social media ads, Google Ads, and various ads on other digital outlets that theatergoers frequent

A SHOW MENTOR

  • Unique to She NYC’s festivals, we provide a Mentor to each show. This is a member of our Festival staff who is there to guide you through the festival process, offer advice, and be an extra set of hands to help out as needed.

MISCELLANEOUS

Some other tools and items we provide are:

  • Playbill design all shows
  • A closing night party
  • Full ticketing system managed by SheATL Box Office staff
  • A life-long community of artists who will support all of your work in the future!

You Provide:

CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM

You can choose to work with Union or non-Union artists.

  • If you do hire AEA actors, you will need to manage your contract or code with them and provide the insurance required by AEA (your show mentor can help explain!)

DESIGN PIECES

Any additional set, costumes, and props that aren’t covered by our shared pieces.

If your show requires a band, you/your musicians should bring their own instruments beyond a piano.

 

REHEARSAL STUDIO SPACE

You handle the entire rehearsal process before you get into the She ATL Theater. We encourage you to get creative to get free or affordable rehearsal space. Have your read-thru in someone’s living room; rehearse in the park when it’s nice out!

“ELBOW GREASE” MARKETING

While we manage paid ads for the festival, we need your help to spread the word about your show to your networks! You likely won’t need or want to put money into this — just some old-fashioned effort of starting an Instagram for your show, emailing your network to let them know about your performances, and otherwise spreading the word to family & friends.

Get a sneak peek behind the scenes of the SheATL shows by following us on Instagram!

Photo: Four Wives and a Will by Bernette Sherman at SheATL 2021.