The Zeiders American Dream Theater- The Z- is inaugurating an annual festival of creativity and performance beginning with the opening of our new theater on October 5th, 2017.

What we need is a hip new name for this festival! Austin has SXSW, Chicago has Lollapalooza, Tennessee has Bonnaroo- Tidewater needs a distinctive name for what will become a signature artistic experience. So, we are inviting submissions- send us your idea for a name!

This Z’s mission is to present new works, emerging artists, and artistic opportunities not available anywhere else. We do this in the belief that creativity and collaboration combine to create a vibrant, productive community. Our new festival will present multiple ways for artists, creators, and the public to interact via performances, panel discussions, and creative opportunities.

Over the course of this three day festival we will be presenting music performances, theatrical works, and films. In addition to the over 30 performances presented during the festival we will be inviting teams of collaborators to create a new work in one of these areas and present their pieces on the final day of the festival for juried awards in each discipline.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, 18 March, 2018 at 11:59 PM. The winner will be chosen by the staff and board of the Zeiders American Dream Theater and will be announced on Friday, 23 March. The winner will receive a $100 cash prize and two VIP badges to the inaugural festival.

The Z Festival Name

By clicking submit, you are assigning all rights for use of your submission to Zeiders American Dream Theater. If you’re under 18, we will need your parent’s or guardian’s release before we can award the prize; if your submission is chosen, we will be contacting you before March 23rd.