Festival for unfinished creative work/performance

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 12:54

Festival for unfinished creative work/performance


SOCIAL DISTANCING FESTIVAL: https://www.socialdistancingfestival.com/submit?fbclid=IwAR1YnzAdsgpNcX-839VFhvyk-LdYPP9OwjF04Lfg-EnMhSrnmJOyMVQqU2o


SUBMISSIONS: Submissions are open to all, though I am currently prioritizing work that was cancelled/disrupted/delayed due to the need for social distancing and COVID-19. As I’ve been reviewing what we’ve gotten so far, I’m seeing that what works for this festival varies a bit based on the artistic medium.


Here are some examples:


Theatre/Musical Theatre/Opera/Dance

-Video taken during rehearsals prior to the cancellation (please check to make sure it’s okay to submit!)

-Costume or set design sketches or lighting plots. Pictures of design elements that never made it to stage, such as props.

-Pages of script submitted by the writer.

-A webcam or phone video of you doing that song or monologue you never got to do!

-Be innovative with technology! Do a scene over Skype or a duet over voice memos!

-Videos of past work may be considered, though the priority will first be on showcasing the work of those artists who had work cancelled/delayed.


Classical music

-Rehearsal recordings or you playing the music you were going to do at the recital/concert.

-Sheet music that you composed for your event.

-Some sort of online recreation of the event that never occurred.


Visual Art

-Photos of the art that did not get to be shown, or from the exhibit that was closed early.

-Photos or video of your site specific work that was impacted by social distancing.

-Links to the alternate ways you have found to show your work, such as a virtual gallery.



- bands, singer/songwriters, soloists

-I have to acknowledged that this is all a little different in your case, given that musicians survive off of having many shorter gigs, rather than the longer contracts that other artists often have. As a result, I have gotten a LOT of submissions from musicians!

-What I am finding works best is for you to set up a live-streamed concert/recital of sorts, even if it’s band practice or you alone in your bedroom with your guitar, and I will put a link to it on the appropriate date and time. Our events page gets good traffic, so most have been happy with that option.

-If you wish to submit a music video or video of past performance, I will review it. Just please know that space is limited for these submissions as I simply don’t have enough hours in the day to post them all, and it runs the risk of being a SEA of music videos!


Spoken word/Comedy/Book readings

-Video of you performing/reading the piece that had been scheduled for public presentation but was cancelled.

-Live-streamed events work very well in this category

- set up the live-stream and let me know the date and time! I will post it in the Events section!

-You can also send in text! There are certainly those who visit this site who enjoy reading. Heck, my aunts both check it every day and they are like the QUEENS of book clubs.


Prof. Marie Drennan,

M.F.A. Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts

San Francisco State University



Tues. 5-6

Wed. 2:30-3:30

Thurs. 2:30-3:30


NOTE: All office hours will be held via Zoom. If you are enrolled in a class with me, you’ll get an email with that day’s meeting link. If you are not enrolled with me, please request the link by email.