Gi60: The International One Minute Theatre Festival
Gi60 is the world's first international one minute theatre festival. Now in it's 16th year, Gi60 annually produces festivals at stage@leeds, Leeds, UK and at The Tank in NYC - each site selects and presents 50 original one minute plays in a single evening. The festivals are performed live, streamed and filmed, and later uploaded for viewing on the Gi60 Channel on YouTube. Originally created in 2003 by Steve Ansell, artistic director of Screaming Media Productions in the UK, Rose Burnett Bonczek joined the international collaboration in 2005 as US festival director. Gi60 celebrates new writing by students, established playwrights, and new writers, and to date Gi60 has produced over 2,000 original one minute plays.
The Gi60 global community has grown to include offshoot festivals from Texas to New Zealand, and each year we're joined by Gi60 #NextGen, a youth edition of Gi60 performed by students from Acting Out! conservatory in Brooklyn, NY. Gi60 has fostered international collaborations among playwrights, directors and actors, and in 2017 Steve and Rose co-authored One Minute Plays: A Practical Guide to Tiny Theatre (Routledge Press), the definitive book about this exciting, and growing, form of theatre.
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, Gi60 live performances for 2020 are temporarily suspended for New York and Leeds, UK. Stay tuned for updates - we're reviewing options that may range from radio plays to filmed plays.
Check out my interview about Gi60 and ensemble building with George Sapio for Onstage/Offstage Apple podcast:
And my past interview on National Public Radio's The Takeaway: https://www.wnyc.org/story/theatre-sixty-second-attention-span/