May 3

Variations Theatre Group, Inc (VTG) is proud to announce the first annual American Avant-Garde Arts Festival. The American Avant-Garde Arts Festival is part of VTG’s core mission: to provide an opportunity for artists in all mediums to develop new, fresh work.

Selected pieces will receive a showing at the beautiful Hudson Guild Theatre in Chelsea, Manhattan beginning the week of July 10th, 2011. During the course of two (2) weeks, each piece will have an opportunity to impress both audiences and a panel of judges composed of esteemed professionals from the entertainment world. There will be three (3) official rounds of the festival, with winners of each round chosen by a combination of audience and judges’ votes. Additionally, a few pieces that the judges have agreed deserve another chance will compete on Wild Card Night for the last spot in the final round.

Variations Theatre Group defines a “submittable piece” as any medium that can be given a proper showing in a 30-minute time slot. These include, but are not limited, to short one-act plays, performance art, cabaret acts, improv troupes, comedy acts, dance pieces or short films. Pieces should be engaging, daring, and “push the envelope.” Ideal pieces would be those that deal with the human condition in an innovative manner!

For more information and to download an application form, please go to