Who can participate?

– Anyone Can Attend For Free
– To Submit Work You Must Be Currently Enrolled in a Screenwriting Workshop or Master Class at Jacob Krueger Studio.

What about casting & rehearsals?

– Your Work Will Be Read By Our Troupe of Professional NYC Actors.
– This is a Cold Reading Series Which Means There Is No Rehearsal or Auditions.
– All Scenes Are Cast On The Day of the Event.
– If Selected, You Must Submit Your Pages and Cast Breakdown At Least 1 Week Before Performance

Why cold readings?

Cold readings are often far more valuable for writers than readings that have been directed and rehearsed.  That’s because they give you a sense of how readers are interpreting your work and your characters with the turn of each page—just like a producer will do when they read your script..  Often, by following their impulses, actors will reveal hidden layers in your script that you didn’t even know were there.  And even elements that get misinterpreted can open doors for your writing, showing you new pathways to explore, or confusions to address in your next draft.

Can I submit as an actor and a writer?

Yes, you can submit as both. However, in order to keep the cold reading spirit alive, we prefer not to cast writers in their own pieces.

Can I cast my own actors?

If you have a highly specialized role that requires a specific actor, you are welcome to do your own casting.  Just let us know in advance.  We encourage you NOT to hold rehearsals or to coach your actors so you can get the full benefit of the cold reading experience.

How much time do I have to submit my next ten pages if I advance to the next round?

The pages are due exactly ONE WEEK before the event. Unfortunately, late pages will not be accepted.

Can my friends and I vote for our own pieces?

Definitely! Bring your friends, creative network, family and collaborators. It all adds to the spirit of the evening!

Can I invite producers?

You are welcome to invite anyone you want to your reading.  However please remember that the main goal of Cold Cuts is not to present perfectly polished work, but to help you develop your screenplay, by understanding how an audience reacts to an early draft.

I’ve never done a reading before. What if my scene isn’t good?

Bring us your tired, your poor!   Cold Cuts welcomes your great scenes, but it’s also a place to try out the stuff you’re struggling with, the scenes that you’re not sure about, and the ones that take huge risks and either fail or succeed boldly.  By watching the audience and listening to the actors, you’ll learn what really works and what really doesn’t.  And some of the answers may surprise you.

Do I have to pay the actors?

All of our actors are volunteering their time and their talent.  There is no need for financial compensation, but they sure appreciate it if you buy them a drink!

How do I participate as an actor?

Are you an actor, or do you know a great actor who would be a perfect addition for our troupe? Great! Actors can sign up here.

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