Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What's different about Tamasha in 2018 ?
This year, Tamasha is reimagining it’s structure. We will be selecting between 6-10 projects to be put up as a reading/workshop over the course of the year. We will be partnering up with other New York theatre companies to host each presentation. Each month will feature a Tamasha presentation in partnership with a different theatre company. Stay tuned for the announcement of our theatre partners! We invite artists to apply with any project that would benefit from a reading/workshop. There is no limit on the number of projects an artist may apply with. We accept applications from internationally based artists. Projects looking for a fully mounted production are not eligible. If you are applying for an adaptation, please have the underlying rights already secured. Previous applicants may re-apply.

Q: When is Tamasha?
This festival will be spread out over the course of 2018 from March/April through December. There will be roughly one presentation a month. If your project is selected, we will work with you to select your timeslot when we match you with your theatre partner.

Q: When is the deadline for applications?
February 15th, 2018.

Q: Who can apply ?
ANY ARTIST associated with performing arts and of South Asian origin ie. writers, directors, sound designers, actors, musicians, singers, poets, performance artists, technical directors, producers, set designers. BOTTOM LINE: If you are of South Asian origin and you do anything associated with performing arts, YOU can apply.

ANY ARTIST with a work that incorporates a South Asian thematic/plot element in his or her work can apply. Maybe you have a performance art piece that travels around the world and has a stop in Nepal. Maybe your play is set in Brooklyn and features a Bangladeshi shop keeper. Maybe you sing Punjabi folk songs. Maybe you write poetry about Sri Lanka.

Q: I am an artist, but don’t have a project. Can I apply?
This year at Tamasha, we are only accepting proposals that include a project. We are accepting new plays, translations, adaptations, devised work, stand up, song cycles, and dance pieces. We're looking for completed works of performance art in need of a workshop/reading and an audience! Please note, teams looking for a fully mounted production (costumes, set, props, etc.) are NOT eligible. Tamasha is dedicated to developing burgeoning work in 2018.

Q: How long does my project have to be?
A: We are looking for full length projects. For dance pieces, we are accepting pieces no shorter than 10 minutes. For stand up, we are accepting sets no shorter than 10 minutes. For plays/musicals/adaptations/song cycles, we are accepting only full length projects no less than 30 minutes.

Q: Where can I mail my Application and Support Materials to?
A: You must apply online. We do not accept applications by mail.

Q: What are the application requirements?
Please look at our application link -

Q: I have not received a confirmation email after hitting the “Check Errors & Submit” button. What do I do?
A: Please email

Q: My script is at a workshop stage/not complete right now, is a completed script required?
A: Yes! Please submit the script, however finished, to us by email. Without it, your application will not be considered complete.

Q: Will I be notified whether I have been accepted or not and when will I find out this information?
A: You will be notified if you have been accepted or not by March 1, 2018.

Q: Where and when will my show be performed?
A: Schedules and locations will be decided after you have been accepted into the festival.

Q: What does Tamasha pay for?
A: We take care of the big-ticket items – the performance venue including some venue staff and technical support as well as all marketing materials (poster, postcards, paid social media advertising). Any additional costs will be discussed on a case by case basis.

Q: Who owns the rights to my show? A: Only the artist/group owns the rights to his or her show.