Sunday, August 14, 2011

Bloggers Needed for Indy Fringe Theatre Festival 2011

It's Indy Fringe Theatre Festival time again, and Smaller Indiana is looking for bloggers. This is the 7th year of the festival, and my 4th year to be involved as a reviewer and coordinator. Each year keeps getting better and better, and I'm hoping that we can play some small part in helping the festival grow.

This year, we'll have 56 shows, 288 shows on 6 stages over 10 days, and we've got a wide variety of shows: musical acts, magical acts, one-man and one-woman shows. If you don't like a show, don't worry, there are dozens more to choose from.

We're looking for bloggers to write about each show, and that could be you.

As a blogger, you get a chance to watch the shows you want to watch for free, as long as you write about the event. What we're looking for is that you write about your experience at the show. It can be about how much you enjoyed the show, what you liked and didn't like, the conversation that you had afterward, or even the hilarious story about you and the writer when you were in college.

Each blogger gets 2 media passes, for you and a guest, and 2 backer buttons. (If your guest also wants to write a review, they're more than welcome to.) While you do get the backer buttons and passes for free, it doesn't hurt to make a donation to the Indy Fringe. (Backer buttons are $5, and the money goes to the IFF. Tickets are $10, and that money goes to the performers.)

We ask that you write about the play within 24 hours of seeing it, and post it on Smaller Indiana. You can also post it on your own blog if you have one. The goal is to promote the play and the festival, and so the sooner you can get your review online, the better. For that reason, please see the earliest showing of your play as possible. If you can't, that's fine, but the sooner the better. If you want to see a play that has already been reviewed, that's okay. But if you have to choose between a play that has been reviewed and one that hasn't, pick the one that hasn't.

Post your story to Smaller Indiana, as well as your own blog. Be sure to tag it with IndyFringe2011 (not IndyFringe), as well as the venue where it was located:
  • CookTheater
  • ComedySportz
  • TOTS1
  • TOTS2
  • BasileTheater
  • PhoenixMain
  • IndyFringeTheater
Note that these tags do NOT have spaces in them. If you include a space, SI thinks you have two different tags.

If you tweet about the festival, use the hashtag #IndyFringe. The festival organizers are @IndyFringe. It doesn't hurt to include them in your tweets either.

Find the schedule of shows at the Indy Fringe Theatre website.

Here's the important part: if you want to review a show, you need to email me at erik [dot] deckers [at] gmail [dot] com, and then tell me which show you want to review. While you MIGHT be able to get into some of these shows over the weekend, please keep in mind that some of them like Phil the Void are wildly popular, and will sell out, so you may be better off trying for a Monday or Tuesday showing.
Show assignments are first come, first served, so the sooner you get your request to me, the better.

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