Friday Night Footlights

Footlights NYC

Friday Night Footlights (NYC), which runs from October through July, provides free space to selected members, chosen by lottery, so they may showcase new work in front of an audience. Participating members are responsible for assembling their own creative team (actors, director, etc.) and for bringing in an audience.

We have divided the year into a series of five rounds. Each round will have its own lottery drawing.

Round 1: October and November

Round 2: December    

Round 3: January and February    

Round 4: March and April  

Round 5: May, June and July


Submissions for Round 2 are now open!

Please note that the rules are subject to change for future rounds.

Participants are selected by lottery and given the opportunity to use The Mary Rodgers Room in Times Square, free of charge, for one Friday evening.

The space may be used for a reading of your play and/or musical, or for an evening of scene/song presentations. You may not present work that has not been written by you or your collaborators.

This member benefit is open to all members regardless of location, as long as you will be in New York City at the time of your presentation.

Depending upon who is selected, the evening may be reserved for one or multiple presentations in a single evening. The process is random, so we cannot guarantee time slots. Our goal is to serve as many members as possible while also ensuring that the offering of free space provides value to the development of your new work.

You may only submit once in Round 1. You will be given the option of choosing one primary date on which to use the space and two alternative dates. You must be available for any date you choose. Once selected, you do not have the option of changing dates. If you request to do so, you will automatically be forfeiting your slot.