GREAT NEWS! Due to popular demand, the deadline to register has been EXTENDED to Wednesday, November 18 at noon (12:00 PM)!

The year 2020 has delivered challenges unlike any we've ever seen – including theatres everywhere having to cancel productions (or entire seasons) due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

TANYS, too, made the difficult decision to cancel our November in-person annual Festival. But we felt the show must go on, somehow! So, like many others, we're pivoting from in-person to virtual for the first time.

On November 20-21, join us for TANYS TOUGH: The Power of Theatre – 2020 Virtual Festival! We’re bringing a newly-imagined Festival experience to you, completely online. Here's what you can look forward to:

- Keynote presentations from two acclaimed stars of stage and screen:
Check out photo galleries and awards from past TANYS Festivals!

2019 Festival photo gallery                 2018 Festival photo gallery                 2017 Festival photo gallery
2019 Festival awards                          2018 Festival awards                          2017 Festival awards
All TANYS awards (earlier Festival Awards, Roving Adjudicator Merit Awards, Distinguished Volunteer, more)

2020 Virtual Festival
November 20-21, 2020
JOHN CARIANI, actor & playwright

Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof,
Something Rotten!The Band’s Visit

TV: Law & OrderNumbers

Playwright: Almost, MaineLast GasLove/Sick
- A full-length virtual performance of 26 Pebbles by Eric Ulloa, by Indian River Theatre of the Performing Arts

- More than a DOZEN educational workshops conducted by theatre experts from across the U.S. and Canada, in five (5) separate sessions – with three (3) choices per session:
  • Workshop session #1 on Friday night
  • Workshop sessions #2 and #3 on Saturday morning
  • Workshop sessions #4 and #5 on Saturday afternoon
  • All workshops will be recorded and available to registered & paid attendees after the event, for on-demand viewing

- Presentation of the 2020 TANYS Roving Adjudicator Merit Awards (for productions adjudicated from November 1, 2019 through October 31, 2020)

- TANYS-imprinted items you can purchase in advance (and wear on-camera for the event!)

- Virtual networking with fellow theatre lovers from across NYS and beyond

Registration is ONLINE ONLY at:
Deadline to register has been EXTENDED to WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 at noon (12:00 PM)!

Don't wait - secure your spot at this unique, socially-distanced celebration of theatre in New York State!
Questions? Email

TANYS will NOT be doing any For-Festival adjudications from now through October 31, 2020.
Organizational member companies can still request For Learning Only and Technical adjudications through that date,
and we will make every effort to fulfill these requests.
Please note that the 2021 Festival will return to Rome, NY. If you have any questions, please contact us at
MIMI KENNEDY, actress & activist

Stage: Grease original Broadway production, Last of the Red Hot Lovers opposite Sid Caesar

TV: MOMDharma & Greg,

Film: Midnight in ParisErin Brockovich