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Announcing Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 ISPA Congress Pitch New Works Projects

Important Dates
Pitch New Works at Leeuwarden-Friesland Congress
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Application Launch for Pitch New Works at the New York 2019 Congress
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Application Deadline for Pitch New Works at the New York 2019 Congress
Friday, September 21, 2018

The Pitch New Works Program is a forum for creators and arts professionals to share and discover new performing arts projects. Twice a year, ten selected participants present their new work to the international delegation of performing arts professionals at an ISPA congress. Projects vary across discipline, scale, and country of origin and go on to secure project support, representation, touring opportunities and more as a result of their participation.

Application Process

Notification of Status
Program Date

August 21, 2018 
September 21, 2018
November 2, 2018
January 9, 2019

To apply to the Pitch New Works Program, please download and review the application guidelines and submit the online application form. Applications are reviewed and selected by the Pitch New Works Review Committee which consists of ISPA members and staff. All materials should be submitted in English.

*Note: The application deadline will not be extended, and late and/or incomplete submissions will not be accepted. To be complete, materials and application fee (when required) must be received prior to the deadline.


A proposed project must:

  • Be in development with the premiere planned within the next two years; or

  • Have recently premiered and has not yet toured outside its region of origin.

Additional considerations include:

  • Generally, projects that premiered more than three years prior to the date of the Pitch New Works session will not be considered.
  • Multidisciplinary and/or cross-cultural projects are particularly attractive to ISPA delegates, though all project types and applications will be considered.
  • Submissions from the canon and/or remounts will be considered where there is evidence of a substantially new interpretation and a new production team.
  • Previously accepted projects are not eligible to re-apply unless there is evidence of a substantial revisiting.
  • Generally, projects submitted more than 2 times prior will not be considered. Please contact Nora Fleury, Program and Development Associate, at before re-applying in this case.

Applicants do not need to be ISPA members. ISPA welcomes all eligible applications.


Participants receive: 

  • Day Pass registration to the New York 2019 ISPA Congress for pitch presenter(s) (January 9, 2019)
  • Table and priority placement at ProEx
  • Project feature on ISPA's Pitch Project Directory

Participation Requirements

If selected to participate in the Pitch New Works session at the New York 2019 ISPA Congress, participants must be present on January 9, 2019 to: 
  • Attend a technical run-through lasting up to 2 hours, held at 8:00 am, immediately preceding the Pitch Session
  • Participate in the  Pitch New Works session, (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) and ProEx (Professional Exchange) (12:00 - 1:30 pm)  


A non-refundable 50 USD application fee is payable to ISPA upon submission of each application by non-members.

ISPA-members receive a one-time application fee waiver. Members wishing to submit more than one project are required to submit 50 USD per additional application.

Information on how to complete the payment can be found in the Application Guidelines. 

Questions? Contact Nora Fleury at or 1 212 206 8490 x201.

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