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Michael Gerrity

Virtual Variety Show Seeking Performers and Artists of All Kinds!

Who We Are:

The Open Studio is a variety show and community for artists and patrons of all kinds to view and share art.  Our virtual variety show airs bi-weekly on and the home of our virtual community center is on Discord.

As we continue to be socially distant we felt a need to create a virtual community to keep us engaged with one another. Since artists are 'opening' their homes and their studios to show the public what they're working on, and we wanted to create a space that is open to everyone, we've called ourselves "The Open Studio."

Once it is safe to do so, we hope to turn this into a physical community.

You can view all of our past shows on our YouTube Channel.


What We’re Looking For:

We're currently seeking performers and artists to feature on our bi-weekly live show.  Our format is flexible and we want to always be as collaborative as possible!  So if you don’t see a category for you, please reach out to us!  We’d love to hear your ideas and get you involved in whatever way we can!

•Hosts - MCs, Stand-Up Comedians, Activists, Community Leaders - anyone with a positive attitude, strong personality, and presence!  We’d love to have a rotating library of hosts to keep the voice and perspective of The Open Studio fresh, ever evolving, and representative of our real world communities.  Hosts are responsible for introducing the show, its guests, conducting interviews, closing the show, and being the overall care-taker for the show and our community.  Good hosts have great personalities and conversational skills.  On top of running the on screen show, hosts get a 5min monologue at the top of the show to talk about whatever they would like, followed by a 5min slot for featured content such as a pre-recorded video.

•Spoken Word/Stand-Up Comedy/Poetry/Characters/Sketch/etc - Anyone who works in a spoken word format, we want to feature your content.  Traditional stand-up comedy, poetry, or other spoken word performances are all welcome, but since this is a virtual show, we encourage those submitting to take advantage of the screen based virtual format.  Performers who have been succeeding in this slot have presented comedic power points or have interacted with the live chat during their performance.  Spoken word guests have a 5min slot to do whatever they would like, followed by a 5min interview to talk about and promote their work.

•Video and Time Based Visual Art - Short films, animations, experimental films, video art, documentaries, or anything else that moves on a screen!  Time based artists will have 5min to showcase their work, followed by a 5min interview.  If your work is longer than 5min, we are open to showing excerpts, with the possibility of featuring the whole piece on a featured episode.

•Music, Audio, and Rhythm Based Media - Bands, Singer/Songwriters, Vocalists, Instrumentalists, Dancers, and other aural or rhythmic based performances.  Musical guests will have a 5min slot for their song(s) or other performance followed by a 5min interview.  We will consider music videos, but prefer to feature performers who will appear live via our video call.

•Visual Artists, Graphic Designers, and other 2D/3D Still Art - Since this is a virtual show, we need visual artists to create the “Performance Dimensions” for all of our performers to appear within!  We also have a Virtual Gallery that is always accepting submissions.


How to Get Involved:

To Submit Your Work to Our Live Show, Fill Out Our Performance and Content Submission Form

To Submit To Our Virtual Gallery, Fill Out Our Gallery Submission Form

Do you have an idea that doesn’t fit into the sections above?  Would you like to submit, but you’re not sure where your work would fit in?  Do you have any questions that aren’t answered here? Send us a direct email at

You can also get involved in our community RIGHT NOW!  Click here and Join Our Discord!  On our Discord you can start sharing your work right away, find collaborators, and start a conversation with our community members.

Follow Our Twitch Channel So You Know When We Go Live!  Chat with us live and hang out with us virtually after the show!


You Can View All of Our Resources Here at or Click Below. 

Live Show Every Other Thursday 9pm CST on

Past Shows - 

Discord Virtual Community-

Instagram -

Facebook Page -

Facebook Group -

Deadline: 10.31.2021
Name: Michael Gerrity
Phone: xxx-xxx-xxxx