TEDxAsburyPark presents 1act.1idea. A new play series.

In its 10th season, TEDxAsburyPark is broadening its commitment to ideas by seeking short original plays to be produced and directed for a Zoom audience and live on stage. We produce 40 Zoom readings a year and 4-6 live plays. 

We're holding an  open call for performers, designers, technicians, directors for our productions. Company member is given to talent local to the NY metro and Jersey Shore.  1act.1idea actively encourages a diverse and inclusive company. 

Audition Requirements: 

In your submission, we’d like you to record a video of up-to-two minutes of a reading, introduction, or improvisation of your choice to show your skills. You can also submit a demo video. 

About TEDxAsburyPark and 1act.1idea. 

In its 10th year, TEDxAsburyPark is the largest and highest rated TED conference on the East Coast with sold-out productions at the Two River Theater, Red Bank; Paramount Theater, Asbury Park; and Pollak Theater, Monmouth University. 1act.1idea actively develops short plays in Zoom and  in live productions.

With appreciation of your work and contribution,
Brian Smiga, John Orefice, and the TEDxAsburyPark team

TEDxAsburyPark performers, writers, speakers do not receive any monetary compensation, or airfare/transportation costs.
If you are accepted, we will ask you to sign the TED.com open-commons release form and we may direct, produce, record and edit a video of your work making it available to you, and also under a creative commons license on the web on our website, and on YouTube.


In our 10th year, TEDxAsburyPark is the largest, highest rated, longest running TEDx on the US East Coast. In 2017 - 2019, at the Paramount Theater in AsburyPark, we hosted an annual audience to experience 25 TED Talks and performances expressing ideas worth spreading.

In the 2021 - 2022 season, we are hosting online events in Zoom as follows:

  • April 22- Three 10-minute comedies by Jason Furlani
  • May 6 - "The Joy of Relationships", with Gary Lewandowski, Marie Lewis, and Andrea Syrtash
  • May 13- Warm Readings of 3 New Plays
  • Summer, Fall, & Winter - 1act.1idea. Plays and play readings on Zoom.

On May 7, 2022, we will sell out the Two River Theater Red Bank, NJ, for both a live and simulcast party audience, with receptions before and after the all day event (900am-730pm).

And then - if you wish - we can design and produce another season for 2022 - 2023.

To become a contributing volunteer, we'd like you to fill out this form (it takes only a few minutes). 

We learn a lot, have a lot of fun, and our team is quite social. There's no greater satisfaction than seeing our talent deliver TED Talks and performances live and in Zoom for an appreciative audience. Or seeing our videos receive 6,000,000 views on YouTube as they spread great ideas. 

You will  meet friendly, open minded people, learn new skills, and make new friends. 

The requirements for joining the team are that you wish to deliver about one hour a week of work year-round, a few more hours when you're working on an event, especially leading up to our annual May event, and to commit  through Jun 30, 2022. 

Seven teams lead by two co-captains organize the work. Each co-captain holds his/her/their own meeting periodically on Zoom. The core-co-captains meet monthly for an hour. All of us use Basecamp and Google Workspace (formerly Google/G Suite) to communicate and manage our productions.

We appreciate your interest in joining our team. We look forward to getting to know you. 

As a TEDxAsburyPark speaker, you must click-sign the Speaker Release & Confirmation form in order to participate.