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8 May 2020 to 20 Jul 2020
12 Aug 2020 to 15 Aug 2020
3 Sep 2020 to 19 Oct 2020
Thursday, September 3, 2020 to Monday, October 19, 2020
The Marilyn Monroe Theatre
7936 Santa Monica Blvd
at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
West Hollywood, CA 90046
United States
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Short+Sweet Theatre Hollywood 2020

*In response to current bans on public gatherings due to the recent spike in COVID19 cases in Los Angeles County:

We are all looking forward to bringing our community of artists and audiences together again after our most successful Short+Sweet Hollywood Festival ever in 2019. Now, more than ever, we need something uplifting to look forward to. The festival is scheduled to run from September 3 - October 19, 2020, but we will be monitoring the advice and enforceable rules regarding public gatherings between now and then to ensure the absolute safety of our team, particpants and patrons.  We truly look forward to welcoming everyone back to the theatre and presenting some incredible new stories and hope that you are all staying safe and healthy. 

We also have some amazing opportunities for partnership and sponsorship. So, if you and your organisation would like to get involved then please let us know - we'd love to hear from you!

Welcome to Short+Sweet Hollywood 2020!

Short+Sweet - the biggest little festival in the world, returns to the Marilyn Monroe Theatre at the Lee Strasberg Institute in West Hollywood, from September 3 - October 19, 2020!

This year's categories are Open English language Theatre, LatinX Theatre, LGBTQ+ Dance and Film! Please join us for regular events in the Actor's lounge, like and follow us on social media and stay tuned to this page for more announcements. In the meantime, submissions are open for English Language plays here, for our LatinX program here and you can submit  your script or proposal for your LGBTQ+  short work here. You can find out more about the Short+Sweet Film Festival by visiting our film festival page here!

SUBMISSIONS FOR PLAYS / LIVE THEATRICAL WORKS CLOSE ON JUNE 30          *please note that all dates are subject to change 

Registrations for Short+Sweet festivals are open every year to returning, established and first-time directors. Short+Sweet is the perfect opportunity for actors, writers or anyone to try directing for the first time. Directors are able to choose from all shortlisted scripts for their local festival, and are encouraged to communicate with their Writers throughout the process. 

To apply to direct a play for Short+Sweet Hollywood, please register here. Successful directors will be notified by July 1 and will be sent plays from our shortlist. They must then return to us with their top three preferences by no later than July 24. The highest preference will be allocated wherever possible.

Directors cannot act in their own play unless they enter the production as an ITC (Independent Theatre Company) which is where the play, Director and cast are all already attached and submit directly to the Festival Director. Places for ITC's are limited in the festival. Directors are allowed to direct a maximum of one play in Short+Sweet, unless otherwise granted permission by the Festival Director.



Actors wishing to audition can prepare a 2 minute monologue and attend our open auditions at the Lee Strasburg Institute Saturday July 25 for Spanish speaking actors and Sunday July 26 for English speaking actors from 10am to 6pm. You can register here - and more information is in the news tab below.

On behalf of my artistic team, we look forward to welcoming writers, directors and performers to share their talents with us, as well as our audience, to experience these stories and a festival like no other!

Hooray for Hollywood!

Nick Hardcastle.

Festival Director

Short+Sweet Hollywood 



Principal Festival Partners

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Thank you for your interest in directing for Short+Sweet Hollywood 2020!

We welcome directors from all walks of life, from professional directors to enthusiastic first timers. Everyone will be given consideration. You'll be asked to submit a cv or any relevant information to us and your choice of program - Open English Language Theatre, LatinX Theatre or LGBTQ+ Theatre.

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  1. Actors wishing to audition can prepare a no longer than 2 minute monologue and attend our open audtions at the Lee Strasberg Institue on Saturday JULY 25 for Spanish speaking actors/LATINO PROGRAM WORKS and Sunday JULY 26 for English speaking actors from 9am to 6pm. For the convenience of directors having to cast specific roles and to ensure that actor's are not waiting too long to be seen, the audition slots have been allocated according to 'playing age' for the suitabilty of roles being cast. 

    On the day, arrive with a printed copy of your headshot and bio with your contact information clearly marked at the corresponding time on the day that suits your language prepference. You may audition for both Spanish and English language productions if you are fluent in both languages.

    Actors with a playing age of:

    Under 18-25. 10am -11am

    25-35. 11am -1pm


    35-50. 1.30pm - 4:30pm

    50 to 150 (!!). 4:30pm-6pm