Theorist Fest 2022
All Together Now
Call for Artists


Theorist Fest seeks experimental and courageous artist citizens seeking a connection more deeply to ourselves, people, and our planet. Our vision for 2022 is "All Together Now" inspired by collaborators On and Off the Stage.


Theorist Fest is interested in presenting all dance forms and genres, in addition, to live music, physical theater, movement films, site-specific performances multi-media and visual art installations. We accept proposals for new works.


Submissions may also expand beyond the stage and include audience engagement, or educational components.


We support collaborations between emerging, established, and experimental artists. Beyond presenting traditional works, selected artists will also be invited into an artist sanctuary with other festival artists. What would you dream up if you had two weeks of theater and studio space and local/national/international multi-disciplinary artists to collaborate with?


Our year-round residency specifically provides a bi-weekly artist sanctuary for artists transitioning between homes and monthly Aire Libre Arte block parties. Lead by activist Denver Gonzalez, our art is our protest and we believe in mutual aid because all we have is each other. Artists in need of support may email

Our 2022 Season is in collaboration with Fisterra, The Mexican American Cultural Center and the Boyd Vance Theater at the Carver Museum. Our mission is to promote personal and social well-being on a local, national and global scale through the arts, aided by science and technology. We look forward to experiencing what Fisterra means to you!



July 24, 2022 11:59 CST

Artists will be notified by August 1, 2022 of acceptance.




Sliding Scale/Pay What You Can

All funds support our panel of emerging unhoused and established multi-disciplinary BIPOC artists.


1 submission | $25

2 submissions | $35

3 submissions | $45




Solos | 4-6 mins

Duets | 4-8 mins 

Group | 10-13 mins 

Music | 40 min sets

Film | 4-15 mins

Site-Specific | 10-30 mins

Visual Art | 14 day installation


October 20-23, 2022





Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

600 River St, Austin, TX 78701, USA


Boyd Vance Theater at the George Washington Carver Museum

1165 Angelina St, Austin, TX 78702


Selected performers will receive a performance contract detailing honorarium upon acceptance. The fee will be based on the extent and duration of performances and involvement and will take into consideration travel costs locally and internationally. Fisterra and The Theorists will provide letters of support for artists to apply for additional funding to subsidize expenses.


In addition, we are happy to subsidize rehearsal space October 10-22, 2022 in the theater and dance studio for rehearsals. 


The wooden stage is covered with black marley. Two dressing Rooms and a dance studio for warm-up are provided. Theorist Fest crew members coordinate all technical needs and run sound during the performance. 


The Zocalo at the ESB-MACC main square is available for site-specific proposals in the entry way, courtyard, upstairs, and downstairs as well as the entrance and lobby to the Boyd Vance Theater at the Carver Museum.



The Theorists provide professional lighting design and publicity. 


Performers are responsible for all props and costumes. No shoes, confetti or glitter, and please be environmentally conscious. 


Professional photography and video are available for performers to purchase at an affordable, discounted rate. 



Selected choreographers will receive invitations to teach master classes as a part of the festival (these classes will be compensated) as well as attend other master classes.