Ice Factory 2023

Celebrating 30 years!

Ice Factory
Ice Factory is generously supported, in part, by grants from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; Howard Gilman Foundation; Mental Insight Foundation; and New York Community Trust.

There are no fees to participate in ICE FACTORY.

Productions from companies and artists based in the U.S. will be given preference.

During Ice Factory, each participating company receives:

  • Three days of exclusive technical rehearsals in the space: Sunday – Tuesday.
  • Up to three days of exclusive technical rehearsals in the space.
  • Up to four performances in the space.
  • Use of the New Ohio’s festival rep plot for light and sound.
  • Run crew and production assistance from the Ice Factory Intern Crew.
  • Other project specific needs addressed individually.
  • A guaranteed artist fee.
  • Festival press representation by DARR Publicity.

To apply for ICE FACTORY, use the above to upload a packet that includes:

  • 1 page (max) description of the project. What is the project about? What is the audience’s relationship to the performance?

  • 1 page (max) description of where you are in your process and your plans for the project beyond IF.

  • 1 page (max) on the background on your company and/or bios of the lead artists

  • Photos, press, and links to video of previous work  (Or links to websites.)

Your packet should all be in one document in .doc, .docx or .pdf format.

Do NOT submit a script.  We will request a script if necessary.


All Thursday night performances are available to live-stream and are then available on-demand throughout the rest of the festival. HERE

“The coolest of the summer theatre festivals.”
—Time Out New York
“An annual celebration of the weird, the wild and the unexpectedly wonderful.”
—The New York Times
“New York’s #1 Summer Theatre Festival”
—New York Magazine
“The Ice Factory Festival has a fine record for presenting intellectually challenging and artistically daring fare.”
The New Yorker 

ICE FACTORY 2022 is the 29th annual edition of our Obie Award-winning summer festival of new work. Artists and companies interested in participating in Ice Factory 2023 should submit their applications by January 6, 2023. 11:59 PM EST.

Every summer we invite the most exciting downtown companies to present their latest projects in an environment of generosity, dialogue, and inspiration. Ice Factory is a place where artists can take risks, try out new ideas, and bring their projects to a new level.

Plays introduced in Ice Factory have gone on to garner Drama Desk nominations, Obie Awards, Audience First Awards in Edinburgh, Off-Broadway productions, commercial runs, and national and international tours.