Gi60 2014

Gi60 2014: Celebrating ten years of collaboration and community: One minute at a time.

Gi60 UK Live Edition: Viaduct Theatre, Halifax 5 June 2014

Gi60 2014 Live US Edition: New Workshop Theater, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York 12-15 June

Monday, 14 April 2014

New Event, New Opportunity for Writers. Gi60 #NextGen 2014

Submissions for Gi60 #NextGen
If you missed the deadline to submit your one minute play for consideration for Gi60: Live UK & US editions, fret not, there is another opportunity! As a part of celebrating 10 years of international collaboration, Gi60 will be featuring a brand new portion in the festival: Gi60 #NextGen. The concept stays the same: one minute plays performed in succession by a group of actors, to be taped and posted on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. So what's different? The group of actors will be entirely comprised of the Next Generation: all of them ages 11-16. For this new portion we've teamed up with Acting Out!, Brooklyn's premier acting school, to bring 25 brand new one-minute plays to life. All we need are your words.
What are you waiting for? Sharpen your pencils, fire-up the laptops, and get to writing! Full rules and conditions below:
How To Apply:Gi60 is open to everybody; all you need is an idea and an internet connection. Since its inception in 2003, the Gi60 festival has premiered hundreds of new pieces of work written by people of all ages and backgrounds from around the world. So if you have and idea or something to say, why not write a play?

The Rules:
• Plays must last no longer than 60 seconds
• All work must be totally original and the author's own work
• All submissions must be sent by email and must include your name, address and location before the title of your workThe title of the play should appear in the subject line of the email
• Individuals may submit as many one minute plays as they wish (one submission only per email). PLEASE SEND EACH PLAY IN A SEPARATE FILE WITH THE TITLE OF THE PLAY IN THE SUBJECT LINE.
• Entries from schools must include the name of the school and a teacher's contact details in addition to the name of the author
• All submissions must be emailed to: (Deadline: midnight, April 27th)
Terms and conditions:
• Copyright remains with the author
• Plays will only be performed as part of 'Gi60 (Gone in 60 Seconds#NextGen'

• Plays lasting longer than 60 seconds will not be considered.
• The organizers may use individual plays to promote the Gi60 festival for a period of one year after the festival
• Final play selection will be announced sometime in early May, 2014. Playwrights will be contacted via email to be informed of the selections. 
•  There is no submission fee or payment for selected plays
• The organizers reserve the right to cut scripts where necessary
- Performances for Gi60 #NextGen 2014 will take place the weekend of June 13th with performances at Acting Out and the New Workshop Theater at Brooklyn College (Both in Brooklyn, NY)Gi60

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Choose Your Favorite Gi60 Videos for our 10th Anniversary Gi60 Top 60 Performance! [Poll #1]

2014 will mark Gi60’s tenth anniversary as The Worlds One and Only International One Minute Theatre Festival and to celebrate this milestone the Gi60 Team is very excited to kickoff a series of polls where we ask our fans, friends, writers, cast, and crew to choose several plays for our Gi60 Top 60.

Aside from our usual 100 premieres we'll perform sixty plays from the last decade and we'll be posting several polls over the next few weeks and we want your votes!

Just click the link and watch the plays, then choose your's that easy.

Click here to vote in POLL #1 for Gi60's TOP 60

Monday, 7 April 2014

Gi60 announces Ten4Ten 2014 "What have you been doing for the last ten years"?

Gi60 Ten4Ten 2014:
“What have you been doing for the last ten years….?”

In 2013 Gi60 UK celebrated 10yrs as a one minute Theatre festival and as part of our celebrations we launched Ten-4-Ten which highlighted the work of ten UK based playwrights new to Gi60. 2014 marks Gi60’s tenth anniversary as The Worlds One and Only International One Minute Theatre Festival and to celebrate this milestone we are producing extended Gi60 Live performances in the UK and US featuring our usual 100 premieres as well as the Gi60 Top 60 featuring the sixty most popular/profound/interesting/individual Gi60 plays of the last decade. We also want to celebrate our most important asset, the Gi60 writing community. With this in mind we are launching Ten4Ten 2014. unlike the UK Ten-4-Ten that ran in 2013 Ten4Ten 2014 is open to all writers, whether you have written for Gi60 before or not.

So what is Ten4Ten 2014?
Gi60 has always, whether consciously or not, reflected and refracted the world around it and with Ten4Ten 2014 we are looking for plays that take as their inspiration significant events of last ten years, These can be events of global significance or personal significance just as long as they are rooted in the last decade.
We will choose the best ten ‘Ten4Ten 2014’ submissions (hopefully inspired by a diverse range of events and years) and produce five plays at each of the Gi60 live events. Each writer will be featured on our blog and publicity and the Gi60 Ten4Ten plays will be available to view on You Tube individually as part of the Gi60 Channel or viewed together chronologically . If you would like to be considered for ‘Gi60 Ten4Ten 2014’ please apply in the usual way by emailing your script to by Mon 28th April with the subject line ‘Ten4Ten 2014. Please also include a one sentence description of the event and year your play was inspired by.
For full details of how to apply to Gi60 visit our facebook page or go to our blog at:

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Gi60: The One Minute Play Festival - 10th Anniversary Launch in U.S., March 2, 2014

Gi60: The International One Minute Play Festival and Screaming Media Productions are proud to launch their 10th Anniversary Festivities with Gi60: Extended Editions. This series of readings of full length plays by Gi60 playwrights premieres with Family Story by Aurora Stewart de Pena, a playwright and director from Toronto, Canada, and long time Gi60 contributor.

Performed by the amazing members of the Gi60 U.S. Acting Company, the reading is Sunday, March 2, 7:00 pm at Cap 21 Studios in Manhattan. Suggested donation $5.00 - but for a donation of $20 you'll also receive a Gi60 10th Anniversary T-shirt (logo featured in flyer)! For reservations please call 718-951-5000 X 2768.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Gi60 Live US Videos now Available for Viewing on YouTube!

We're delighted to announce that the edited single play files from Gi60 Live US Edition are now available for viewing on the Gi60 Channel on YouTube! We would love to break 100,000 hits, so please share the vids, post them on your Facebook pages, but most of all, enjoy!  Our great thanks to Christopher Thomasson for his wonderful editorial skills, to Anthony Ponzio for the fabulous filming, and all film supervision, and to the playwrights, actors, directors, and staff who made Gi60 2013 such a great success.  Share, share, share - and enjoy! And if you haven't yet joined the blog, do it now so you don't miss any important announcements - like this one!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Second Gi60 US/UK Collaboration Award Winner for 2013

Trang Nguyen – (featured above with stage manager Kate Dial) A senior at Brooklyn College, finishing her BFA in Design and Technical Theater. Her concentrations are in Set & Props Design, and Stage Management. Recent show credits at Brooklyn College’s Theater Department include A Murder of Crows (Props), Cardenio (SM), The Rimers of Eldritch (ASM). "This award is a grant recognition and inspiration for me to keep giving my very best to work in the complex, yet beautiful process of collaboration in different aspects of the technical theater. It will also be a great honor and support to help me get ready mentally for the real world of theater in NYC and many more places in the world."

Friday, 6 September 2013

2013 Gi60 US/UK Collaboration Scholarship Recipients

Every year, all proceeds from tickets sales for Gi60 Live US Edition fund the Gi60 US/UK Collaboration Award which is given to one or more undergraduate theater students who embody the spirit of collaboration. We raised enough from Gi60 2012 to be able to give financial awards to four theater students in 2013. Our first featured recipient is: Sergio Mauritz Ang: Sergio Mauritz Ang is completing his final year of the BFA acting program at Brooklyn College. This is his 2nd year receiving this award and cannot be more honored to what it embodies. A graduate of Laguardia Arts High School, he is a classically trained singer, and has performed in numerous Concerts, Operas,and Master classes. A recent alumni of Hostos Community College, he received his Associate degree with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. Sergio received a national commendation for outstanding performance in a play from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in 2011. His recent credits include: A Murder of Crows:Brooklyn College,Song of Extinction:Hostos Repertory Company. This scholarship will greatly aid in supporting his academic and artistic endeavors in the coming school year.

Gi60: The Full History

Gi60: a One Minute History Gi60: The One Minute Play Festival was created by Steve Ansell, artistic director of ScreamingMediaProductions in 2003. At that time Steve was the Associate Director and head of New Writing at Harrogate Theatre, North Yorkshire, UK. Steve was curating a writing festival and looking for ways to offer more opportunity for writers to have their work staged. The idea of staging a one minute play festival was actually thanks to Christopher Durang and his anthology 27 Short Plays which contains a play titled 'One Minute Play' which Durang was commissioned to write for a one minute play festival. His play actually lasts over two minutes as he found the parameters limiting. It was for this reason that the first Gi60 was actually a two minute play festival called 120 Seconds which was presented as part of the 2003 Harrogate Theatre Write On festival. 120 Seconds was a huge success with both writers and audiences and so in 2004, enthused by the reaction to 120 seconds the first 'Gone In Sixty Seconds' (Gi60) was presented. Almost 90 one minute plays were performed in two separate shows, one show for family audiences and one for more adult themed material. Once again the shows were a huge success with extra performances hastily arranged as the studio space housing the event couldn't accommodate the audience numbers.

Although the 2004 show was very successful it had become clear that a single show with fewer plays would be more manageable, however, a reduction in the number of shows would have meant less opportunities for writers. With this in mind and inspired by his own phones ability to shoot about one minute of video, Steve approached long time colleague and fellow Director Rose Burnett Bonczek at Brooklyn College in New York to see if she would host a New York One Minute Play festival under the Gi60 name and record the entire event on Video. The plan would be to each present 50 one minute plays, record them and then upload them to a website for viewing and download by writers, friends, family and the general public.

Both shows were a massive success and both were recorded. A site and domain name were purchased and software uploaded (beating the official launch of You Tube by five months). Over the years we have undergone a number of changes. The UK show moved from the Harrogate Theatre studio to the Theatres main stage and is now has its home at The Viaduct Theatre in Halifax where Steve is an associate artist. In 2008 we moved the Gi60 Archive to You Tube and the Gi60 channel has received over 20,000 hits since that time. In 2010 we hosted our first themed Gi60 as part of the Halifax Ghost Story Festival 'G(hosts)i60', this was also notable as it was the first time that both Steve and Rose had directed together and featured a cast drawn from both UK and US actors.

Gi60 is always evolving and their have been a number of things have changed since the first International Gi60 in 2005, however, the key elements that make Gi60 so distinctive, successful and emulated remain the same.

· Gi60 is open to anybody, of any age and from anywhere

· Gi60 is free to enter and there is no fee for participating

· All our cast, crew and supporters give their time voluntarily

· All plays are recorded and made available on line

· Copyright remains with the author

· Plays can be about any subject as long as they are original

We are extremely proud of the Gi60 format and the creative community of writers, performers and artists that has grown up around the event. The fact that so many other one minute festivals using the Gi60 format have sprung up in recent years is fantastic news for writers and further proof of the popularity of the one minute form and the effectiveness of the Gi60 format.