Tony Award Winning Producer KEN DAVENPORT Announces RAVE THEATER FESTIVAL
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:08 pm EDT 03/11/19


New York, NY) Ken Davenport has announced Rave Theater Festival, a brand-new theater festival that will be held this summer from August 9-25, 2019 at Clemente Solo Velez Cultural Center (107 Suffolk Street) on the Lower East Side.

The festival is helmed by Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Davenport, who will serve as artistic director. Valerie Novakoff will serve as executive director, Britt Lafield as managing director, Monica Hammond as marketing director and Mary Elizabeth Dina as manager of events and partnerships.

“Last year we announced our mission to help 5000 shows get produced by 2025 because we believe that the world is a better place if there is more theater in it,” said Davenport. “And as it gets harder and harder for new theater makers to get their work produced in this city, we wanted to provide a new platform for emerging artists to have their work seen on a stage. I've discovered some amazing talent in festivals over the years, many of whom I still work with to this day. And I look forward to introducing the world to the next generation of theater makers at Rave Theater Festival.”

For its inaugural year, Rave Theater Festival will be selecting a diverse roster of roughly 20 plays, musicals, multimedia, and cross-disciplinary projects, as well as family shows, which will each receive up to five performances.

Submissions for Rave Theater Festival are now open through April 17th. Interested parties can apply at RaveTheaterFestival.com/submit.

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KEN DAVENPORT (Artistic Director) is a Tony Award-winning Broadway and Off-Broadway producer whose credits include Once On This Island, Groundhog Day, The Play That Goes Wrong, Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, 13, Speed The Plow, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America, Blithe Spirit, Oleanna, Chinglish, Godspell, Kinky Boots, Macbeth, The Bridges of Madison County, Mothers and Sons, It’s Only A Play and The Visit, as well as Daddy Long Legs and That Bachelorette Show Off-Broadway. Ken is also the executive producer for North America for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group. His blog TheProducersPerspective.com has been featured on Forbes, Crain’s, and more.

BRITT LAFIELD (Managing Director) is an independent theatrical producer with 20 years’ experience in New York and regional theater, having produced on every level in New York, short of Broadway. He was also the festival administrator for the New York International Fringe Festival from 2009-2013, and is the creator and producer of the Fringe Encore Series that just celebrated its 11th Anniversary.

VALERIE NOVAKOFF (Executive Director) is the associate producer at Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, Ken Davenport’s theatrical and media producing company. As associate producer, Valerie is engaged in all aspects of developing, producing, and managing major Broadway productions and tours, including the Tony Award-winning revival of Once On This Island, and the original musical Gettin’ the Band Back Together, as well as developmental readings and workshops. Valerie previously worked for Jeffrey Finn Productions, Broadway Briefing, 321 Theatrical Management, The Drama League, and Des McAnuff.

MONICA HAMMOND (Marketing Director) is the director of marketing for Davenport Theatrical Enterprises where she has worked on numerous shows, including Once On This Island (2018 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival), Gettin’ The Band Back Together, Spring Awakening, The Bachelorette Show, Daddy Long Legs and more. Monica also works on The Producer’s Perspective PRO, Ken’s online training and membership community for theatre-makers.

MARY ELIZABETH DINA (Manager of Events and Partnerships) is so excited to be a part of the Davenport Theatrical team as the manager of events and partnerships. Most recently, she spent three years at Bucks County Playhouse working in the development office managing fundraising events and coordinating direct mail campaigns. Formerly, Mary has freelanced photography, social media marketing, and dramaturgy. Mary has a master’s degree from Montclair State University and a bachelor’s degree from University of Delaware.

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