Thursday, October 1 - Sunday November 15, 2020

The first and longest Showcase in Place Theme is this year's Official Selection! The program will run for 6 weeks from October 1 through November 15, with registration opening on September 15. Official Selection will include 15 Showcases and 15 Show & Tell Spotlights that have been rigorously adjudicated by the IPAY Selection Committee. 30 outstanding productions have been selected from 13 different countries, representing a wide spectrum of genres and intended age ranges. Supporting Kindling programming, our Virtual Marketplace, and conversations with IPAY's CultureCrew will accompany this robust online program.

High quality videos will be available for viewing for all registrants FOR ALL 6 WEEKS. See the Official Show and Tell Spotlights below!
We look forward to sharing the work of these incredible artists with you all! Keep an eye on our social media pages as we highlight this years Official Selection Showcase Artists!
September 15!
-Open Calls for SiP Themes 2 and 3 will go live
-Registration opens for our first Sip Theme: The Official Selection!

More info on SiP Themes 2 and 3 below. We encourage you to share this open call with any and all companies that may fit into these themes! ESPECIALLY new and emerging artists!

Not sure how to register this year? See below for registration details!


IPAY is accepting themed submissions for Showcase in Place Themes 2 & 3, with the goal offering Showcase opportunities to smaller performance companies or companies that have never submitted to Showcase before.
You can add on a Themed Submission to your SiP Registration order for the low cost of $50 ($35 for IPAY Members).

There will not be a Selection Committee for SiP Themed Submissions. All work submitted that meets the criteria below will be accepted and promoted for the duration of each SiP Theme. A diverse roster of Guest Curators will be invited to share their own Noteworthy and Recommended lists for each SiP offering a fresh perspective on how work is promoted and an open platform to share as much work as we can.

Do you have a production that fits into one of these themes?
IRL: In Real Life
Monday, November 23 - Sunday, December 20
IRL will take a look at performing arts for young folks that actually serves their needs and that is relevant to the world they live in. As the revolutions across the world continue, it has never been more necessary to take a look at and decenter whiteness in the PYA sector. It is imperative we create more space for BIPOC* and LGBTQIA+ performance work. A recent study in California showed 71% of young people under the age of 18 identify as queer and 27% identified as non-binary or not aligning with the gender they were assigned at birth. Where is the work that tells these stories and supports artists from these communities IN REAL LIFE? IRL will focus the spotlight on productions for young audiences that serve this mandate.

Every young person deserves to see themselves on stage.

*BIPOC- Black, Indigenous, People of Color
*LGBTQIA+- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic, and the other queer identities that exist under this umbrella
Monday, January 4 - Sunday, January 31
A superbloom is defined as "a rare desert botanical phenomenon in which an unusually high proportion of wildflowers whose seeds have lain dormant in desert soil germinate and blossom at roughly the same time".

After a severe and extensive drought, a SuperBloom of flowers appear as the drought is washed away. We’re not sure when the “pandemic drought” will be washed away, but we are confident that a SuperBloom of new creation will flourish when it does. This SiP Theme focuses on innovation, new creation, digital and on-line offerings and any other new ideas coming out of this COVID world. This theme will include opportunities for pitches on new creation.
Registration Rates can be found on our new SiP website here!
You can register as a Delegate or as part of the Virtual Marketplace for a single month at a time, or for a 3-Pack of SiP programs! 

  • Delegate Registration gives you viewing access to our Virtual Marketplace, 2021 Official Selection, monthly production videos with guest curator picks, Kindling and CultureCrew conversations. All of this is accessed through the Mobile App!

  • Marketplace Registrants receive all of the above, and their own customizable listing in the Virtual Marketplace. Special Placement is available!
Registration will launch to the public on September 15, 2020!
We look forward to safely engaging with you all virtually this year! Stay tuned as we announce more ways we'll be bringing young folx voices into Showcase this year!
Contact IPAY
International Performing Arts for Youth
C/O CultureWorks | The Philadelphia Building
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320
Philadelphia, PA 19107
267.690.1325 phone | 267.519.3343 fax | Contact Us

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