Showcase 2018 photos  ©  Ashley Smith, Wide Eyed Studios
IPAY is reflecting, refining and expanding in 2018.   
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Preparations for Showcase 2019 are well underway and Artist Applications are going live on IWantToShowcase this week!

As always, we are spending the year reevaluating Showcase and IPAY operations to better serve you and our global community. Utilizing a number of critical response tools, including Showcase reflection, targeted interviews, and an electronic survey sent to all Showcase attendees, we will continue to refine our producing models and our membership services.

This week, the IPAY Staff will meet in our home city of Philadelphia to review the experience of our membership, and build upon the significant progress of the last year, continuing to refine both our online presence and our membership benefits.

As our community continues to grow and change, we are calling for new members of the Showcase Selection Committee. This is your opportunity to nominate yourself or a colleague to join the exciting and rigorous process of show selection. Please see more details below!

Very warmest regards on behalf of the Staff and Board at IPAY.

- Boomer Stacey, IPAY Executive Director
Call for Applications!
The Selection process developed by IPAY, while subjective, is founded on a desire to create an equitable balance for the showcasing and  presentation of professional programming for young audiences that reflects the needs of presenters, agents, artists and educators. Through an extensive three-day review process, the IPAY Selection Committee, comprised of leaders in the field of family programming, creates a programming balance of arts disciplines reflecting diversity in age range, performing arts genres, trends, and audience draw-with a common denominator of high artistic standards. Shaping a forum for the range of national and international work that is being created in this field at the time and focusing on quality work that is appropriate for a variety of venues and markets, is crucial.

©  Ashley Smith, Wide Eyed Studios
The members of the committ ee meet face to face in Philadelphia  for three days in June to review more than 150 applications in all genres of performing arts for young people.  Prior to meeting in June, each Committee member is responsible to review between ten and fifteen full length video submiss ions.

Attendance is in person and requires that either you or your  organization assume overall responsibility for your travel, accommodations and out of pocket expenses. The Committee is  responsible to select a short list of recommended productions through open dialogue, following an established guideline of criteria.  Following the selection process in June, Selection Committee members are asked to provide feedback, if requested, to applicants based on the discussions and notes.
Selection Committee members typically serve one three-year term, eligible for a second three-year term. The committee is comprised of up to fifteen individuals. IPAY is committed to increasing and improving all aspects of equity, diversity and inclusion and actively works to ensure that a diverse range of perspect ive (including genre, geographic, job responsibility area, cultural, etc) is represented on the Selection Committee.  

Viable Candidates must:
  • Be available to attend Selection Committee meetings in person, with adequate time for review of videos prior to June Meeting
  • Assume financial responsibility for all aspects of traveling to and attending meetings
  • On an ongoing yearly basis, see a diverse range of live performing arts for young people
  • Have some degree of expertise in the professional performing arts sector. It is of benefit to have expertise in genre or field specific areas
Interested in becoming a part of the Showcase Selection Committee? We invite you to apply by filling out the Nomination Application on our website.

If you have any questions in regards to serving on the Committee, the Selection process or IPAY, please contact IPAY Executive Director, Boomer Stacey at  or Selection Committee Chair, Rebecca Podsednik, at  

2018 Showcase Selection Committee with IPAY Staff in Madison, Wisconsin
Artist Applications go live next week!

2019 Showcase Selection Cycle

 February 27
 Applications Open on
 March 8  Online Info Session
 April 12  Early Bird Deadline
 May 10  Final Deadline
 June 20 - 22  Selection Meeting in Philadelphia
 July 2018  Showcase Selection Invitations
 August - September 2018  Show & Tell Spotlight Selection Invitations
 January 15 - 19, 2019  2019 Showcase in Philadelphia

Diary of a Wombat, Monkey Baa Theatre Company, 2018 Showcase Artist
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