Photo by Wide Eyed Studios
How to Apply for Showcase WEBINARS!

New to IPAY Showcase? Have questions about the Selection process? We're offering two  FREE  webinars to help members and newcomers prepare their best applications!

Attend one of our webinars to gain insight into the Selection Committee (who's on it and how they look at submissions), how to complete the best possible application, and once selected, what the road to a full-length Showcase or SHOW & TELL excerpt looks like. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions about the process as well as about the IWantToShowcase on-line application portal. Join IPAY Selection Committee Chair, Craig Harrison to find out more about the process and what the committee is looking for in a great application. Several previous applicants and IPAY Members have been invited to share what they've learned about the process of applying to and attending the Showcase conference.
Webinar Presenters:   Led by Selection Committee Chair, Craig Harrison, with more presenters announced soon!
To register for our FREE webinars on the selection process, check out our website!

NEXT UP! Continuing the Conversation Webinar Series 
Continuing the Conversation Webinars are FREE for IPAY Members and $15 for Non-Members.

All participants must register at least 24 hours before the scheduled webinar time to receive call-in instructions for the session on Zoom, our video conferencing platform.

 Learn, exchange ideas, and get inspired!
Photo by Wide Eyed Studios at IPAY Showcase 2020

Daisha Abdillahi, stars in the touring Syracuse Stage one-woman show “Commanding Space – The Rise of Annie Easley and the Centaur Rocket.” | Photo by Brenna Merritt
This year at Showcase 2020 we were lucky to have Commanding Space as one of our full-length Showcases! Kate Laissle, the Associate Director of Education at Syracuse Stage, chatted with us about why touring this piece to young audiences is so important and about their journey to the IPAY stage!
Why was it important to tell this story?  

"History often tells the story of the victor, pushing an untold number of amazing stories to the fringes. These hidden stories are often incredibly poignant and thought provoking, but it takes time and research to find them. One such story is that of Annie Easley, a black woman working in STEM during a time of sweeping social and world change. Easley’s narrative represents how some people saw these changes as a way to not only better their own lives, but that of the community and world around them. By telling her story and her choices in the midst of change in the 1950s and 1960s, we hope to inspire others to see how one ordinary person can make lasting impacts on the lives of others and the larger world today.
One of the amazing things about Annie Easley is her attitude towards life. She is quoted saying “If I can’t work with you, I will work around you.” This attitude of finding a way to work within a system to change it and do the right thing is so important now. Telling this story is a way of talking about a remarkable person and spreading her insight to thousands."
What was the journey like leading up to performing  Commanding Space  at IPAY Showcase? 
"It has been a whirlwind as we first started working with playwright Stephanie Leary in the summer of 2018. We went to IPAY for the first time in 2019, actually taking a week off rehearsals for  Commanding Space  to attend, and were blown away by the work and the delegates. We toured upstate New York during the spring of 2019 and knew from the feedback we received from kids and adults alike that we created an important show for young audiences. We want to bring this story to as many audiences as possible, which is what inspired us to apply to showcase at IPAY."
How do you feel  Commanding Space  is impacting the lives of young people in the audience?

"The second performance talkback at IPAY really showed how  Commanding Space  affects young people. After the show, a student what was seated in the front row listed Easley’s accomplishments and at the end said “Shouldn’t they throw a parade for her or something?” Yes, she should have a parade but we have started with a play. 
In previous performances, we’ve had little girls in the audience start telling us how they plan to go into rocket science or other STEM fields and how much they loved learning about Easley. It is often scary to try something no one else has done before, yet students are inspired by Annie because she failed at first and didn’t give up. The rocket blew up, she was cut out of a group photo at NASA where she was the only black woman, but she kept going. She worked around people to accomplish what she wanted to do and young people relate to that on a deep level.
On a different note,  Commanding Space  discusses many aspects of American history that kids often tune out in class. Using theatre as a medium inspires deeper discussion. One of the brilliant aspects of the talkback is that kids can ask their questions right then and there."
Applications for IPAY Showcase 2021 are open!

We are proud to offer annual applications for Showcases and SHOW & TELL Spotlights via  IWantToShowcase . Discounts available for IPAY Members and Early Bird Applications.

IMPORTANT: All applicants MUST read SELECTION GUIDELINES before submitting an application.
Survey Deadline is EXTENDED!
This year everyone who completes the survey will be entered to win  a year of  FREE  Individual Membership with IPAY!  We greatly value your feedback on your experience at Showcase 2020 and all your help to make next year's showcase the best it can be!

The FINAL deadline for completing the survey is February 29th.

Photo by Wide Eyed Studios at Closing Night Party of IPAY Showcase 2020
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