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A playwright based conference based in Valdez, AK.

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Every summer we invite the most exciting downtown companies to present their latest projects in an environment of generosity, dialogue, and inspiration. Ice Factory is a place where artists can take risks, try out new ideas, and bring their projects to a new level.

Plays introduced in Ice Factory have gone on to garner Drama Desk nominations, Obie Awards, Audience First Awards in Edinburgh, Off-Broadway productions, commercial runs, and national and international tours.

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ANT FEST
June

ANT Fest is our annual, month-long festival of All New Talent showcasing new work from New York’s most adventurous emerging artists. Every June, Ars Nova throws open our doors to the next wave of pioneering theater, comedy, music and hybrid theater-makers who fill our stage with their most dynamic ideas.

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Mach33
May

MACH 33 fosters compelling conversations about scientific, mathematical, and technological questions by staging readings of new, unpublished plays by Los Angeles-area and Caltech/JPL playwrights. The plays in the festival offer stories that capture our imagination and ignite our curiosity about science.

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Ball State University’s College of Fine Arts and Department of Theatre and Dance, in association with the Discovery Ball State Women’s Fund and the Provost Immersive Learning Initiative, are looking for unpublished musical theatre and play writers and their works to be presented as part of the DISCOVERY NEW THEATRE FESTIVAL. Submissions of new musicals and plays are examined and screened by students until a final selection is made. Those remaining productions are presented at the Summer Festivals as staged readings performed by Ball State students and professional artists are adjudicated by industry professionals. One selected production is performed as part of Ball State University’s season and as a full entry into the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival.

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Inspired by the format in which Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill honed their craft, EST held its first Marathon in 1977. Praised by critics and beloved by audiences, it launched an industry-wide revival of the short play form and broke new ground by putting new and established writers together on one stage.

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The Chekhov International Theatre Festival was established by the International Confederation of Theatre Associations. The First Festival was held in 1992. In the 25 years of its history the Festival has been undergoing considerable changes while still trying to become a joyful and longed for event for all those who love theatre.
‘Art theatre for everyone’, a motto by Giorgio Strehler, the famous Italian director, remains abiding and actual for the Chekhov Festival. Our main idea is continually widening the audience, making theatre be longed for by the people of different background, and before all – the thinking part of our society who has always been attracted by the theatre throughout the history. We try to organize the program of the festivals to be accessible for everyone and somewhat elitist too. And it is also important that theatre professionals could find within the Festival what is necessary for them, for they could feel like part of the world theatre process.

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The International Contemporary Theater Festival will feature renowned theater makers from all over the world. You can see premieres, guest performances and workshop presentations. 

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In Scena! presents – each year – a survey of the best Italian Theater, from Italy, in New York. It features full productions that have already toured in Italy as well as readings of Italian plays in translation, workshops, lectures and exchanges between Italian and International artists. The goal is to promote greater awareness of Italian theater and Italian artists among New York theatergoers, and to build a bridge between the artistic scenes in Italy and New York, so that they may each support and inspire the other.

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Zabalaza is a Baxter Theatre Centre Development Programme that develops theatre practitioners from in and around the Western Cape by providing them with performance platforms so that they can realise their creative concepts. This is achieved through mini-festivals in target communities, script readings, showcases and a theatre festival held at the Baxter Theatre Centre annually in March.

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Ergo Pink Fest is a festival showcasing the works of female and non-binary identifying playwrights. The festival gives playwrights tailored dramaturgy and mentorship to help them take their work to the next level.

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In 2010, the NCPA launched its first ever multi-lingual theatre festival of premièring plays – NCPA Centrestage. It created a platform for fresh works and encouraged the birth of new groups. The plays went on to perform and win awards at various prestigious national and international festivals.

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The Jos Repertory Theatre presents the annual Jos Festival of Theatre which has become a nurturing ground for new playwrights, new directors as well as creating an insight into the Nigerian theatre repertory. Featuring plays from the international repertory, new plays as well as landmark Nigerian plays, the festival is currently the only existing private independent theatre festival in Nigeria. We accept new plays all year round for possible performances during the annual festival.

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Undercurrents
February

Produced by Ottawa Fringe, our winter festival showcases the best original, contemporary theatre created by local, national and international artists.

Festival founders, The Great Canadian Theatre Company, originally hosted from 2011–2014. Now, undercurrents takes place in Ottawa’s downtown core at Arts Court. Since 2011, undercurrents has has hosted 16 world premieres and presented 6 productions as part of their under development program.

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Under the Radar
January

Over the last 14 years, The Public’s UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL has presented over 229 companies from 42 countries. It has grown into a landmark of the New York City theater season and is a vital part of The Public’s mission, providing a high-visibility platform to support artists from diverse backgrounds who are redefining the act of making theater. Widely recognized as a premier launching pad for new and cutting-edge performance from the U.S. and abroad, Under the Radar Festival has presented works by such respected artists as Elevator Repair Service, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Gob Squad, Belarus Free Theatre, Guillermo Calderón, and Young Jean Lee. These artists provide a snapshot of contemporary theater: richly distinct in terms of perspectives, aesthetics, and social practice, and pointing to the future of the art form.

Website: https://publictheater.org/Programs–Events/Under-the-Radar-Festival/Under-the-Radar/?SiteTheme=UnderTheRadar

The Theatre Times Reports:

“Two Shakespeare Adaptations in Iran” – 2017

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Janiero De Grandes Espetáculos is the most important festival of scenic arts in Pernambuco, one of the largest in Brazil. 

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International Divine Comedy Theatre Festival gives a chance to see, in a matter of just one week, some of the most intriguing plays of the season from theatres throughout the country.
Divine Comedy is a theatre holiday where the best Polish shows are presented in the true Polish showcase. Apart from Polish shows, competing for the best show of the year title and the Divine Comedian prize, there are also foreign theatre groups, and meetings with philosophers, theatre theoreticians, and critics that accompany the festival.

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Our annual celebration of theatre. First held in 1983, the Prithvi Theatre Festival has become an annual event in the Mumbai calendar. There is no one theme – the Festival simply seeks to explore and celebrate theatre in its diversity – local, national, international; old traditions, new forms, cross-currents – and to share theatre with our audiences.

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This enterprise set the purpose of exposing Israeli drama and encouraging its staging in theatres throughout the world. Ever since the Institute’s establishment, Israeli plays are staged in major theatres around the world.

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Bangkok Theatre Festival is a grand contemporary theatre event of Thailand with the greatest number of artists, works, and audience. Objectives are: to create awareness and interest in theatre among the public and gain public support, to provide support and space for new practitioners to showcase their work and for old practitioners to produce and perform new works on a regular basis, and to develop and strengthen the network of theatre practitioners for future sustainability.

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The festival is an effort of curating a theatre festival with a purpose of bringing innovative performances to the city and its diverse communities.

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The launch of the historic first edition came after a period of close to 13 years of investment by Sundance Institute in risk-taking artists from six East African countries (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) with the aim to contribute to a meaningful and engaging dialogue between artists and their audiences. The first edition of the festival featured productions and readings by many of the East African artists and projects that received support from Sundance Institute over the years. We welcome full productions, works in  progress (staged readings or workshop productions), musicals and theatre for young audiences.

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The Festival of New Dramaturgies is organized since 2002 by the Polish Theatre in Bydgoszcz. Its repertoire features world premieres of theatre plays. Every edition has a specific theme.

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A grand celebration of the art of performance and a hub for cultural exchange amidst the stunning backdrop of ancient canals and alleys, the Festival consists of various inter-related parts: the Specially Invited Plays, the Emerging Theatre Artists Competition, the Outdoor Carnival, and the Wuzhen Dialogues, etc. The entire town of Wuzhen, which has a history of more than 1,300 years, is transformed into a stage, and theatre lovers all over the world are invited to enjoy this tantalizing feast of the theatrical arts.

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Founded in 1967, through the initiative of Mira Trailović and Jovan Ćirilov, BITEF (Belgrade International Theatre Festival) has continually followed and supported the latest theatre trends, becoming thus one of the biggest and the most important European festivals.

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Established in 1957, Dublin Theatre Festival is Europe’s longest running theatre festival, running for 3 weeks each autumn. We bring world-class theatre to Dublin, support artists in creating outstanding work and provide a platform to showcase the best of Irish theatre to the world. At the heart of the festival is the city of Dublin – its people and its stories – and a commitment to contributing to the vibrant social and cultural life of our capital. Our mission is to present a programme of exceptional theatrical experiences that will appeal to the diverse communities that make up our city. 2017 marked our 60th anniversary, we have a rich history, with much to celebrate, but we are most excited about is what is yet to come. In the future we want to see more audiences participating in culture and more artists creating bold new work that challenges and inspires.

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A weekend of unpublished ten minute plays submitted in competition by playwrights from the United States, Britain, Australia, and South America. Performed as staged readings by an established group of actors from and around Topanga Canyon, Greater Los Angeles. Free admission to the public. Topanga Actors Company was established in 2015 with the mission of bringing contemporary theater work to local audiences.

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A festival organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, which is non-competitive and aims to create a state of communication and dialogue between different peoples and groups from the theater and to perform, in addition to introducing the public in Egypt and the Arab region to the latest trends in the theater scene, and to provide a window from which the playwrights around the world on the latest developments in the theater scene in Egypt and the Arab countries.

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Broadway Bound Theatre Festival was co-founded over coffee in 2016 by Lenore Skomal, Rick Sayers, Abby Judd and Melissa Gordon. Their goal was to create a theatrical celebration of the highest standard which truly valued the playwrights and their work whilst setting a new bar for other indie-festivals. BBTF’s inaugural year saw 20 playwrights develop, hone and produce their new works for a total audience of thousands.

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CATF’s commitment to new work is an annual festival of new plays by American playwrights, most often premieres or second or third productions. CATF focuses on plays that deal with contemporary issues that boldly challenge and entertain audiences.

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The International Alternative Theatre Festival – PUF is one of the most popular alternative theater festivals in this part of Europe. During the 20 years of its existence some 200 hundred plays have been performed, as well as over 100 accompanying programs (exhibitions, performances, concerts). This festival attracts participants from all over the world.

The performances take place at different locations around the city and are all free. Part of the program takes place at the Rojc Community Center.

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Our mission is to create bold, innovative, and authentic theatre that engages a diverse, multi-generational community, and economically diverse region: enlightening, entertaining, and inspiring our audience through the celebration of great plays. We aim to redefine the landscape of theatre by presenting thought-provoking productions drawn from the new and classic canon, as well as through the development of new plays, new audiences, and new artists for the future of American theater. We produce theatre that matters. 

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Festivals

  • The Last Frontier Theatre Conference

    The Last Frontier Theatre Conference

    June , Valdez, Alaska

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  • Ice Factory

    Ice Factory

    June , New York, United States

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  • ANT FEST

    ANT FEST

    June , New York, United States

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  • Mach33

    Mach33

    May , Pasadena, California, United States

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  • Ball State University Discovery New Musical Theatre Festival

    Ball State University Discovery New Musical Theatre Festival

    May , Muncie, Indiana, United States

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  • Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon of One-Act Plays

    Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon of One-Act Plays

    May , New York, United States. North America

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  • Chekhov International Festival in Moscow

    Chekhov International Festival in Moscow

    May , Moscow, Russia

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  • Festival Internationale Neue Dramatik

    Festival Internationale Neue Dramatik

    April , Berlin, Germany

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  • In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY

    In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY

    April , New York, United States

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  • Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival

    Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival

    March , Capetown, South Africa

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  • Ergo Pink Fest

    Ergo Pink Fest

    March , Toronto, Canada

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  • Centrestage Festival

    Centrestage Festival

    February , Mumbai, India, Asia

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  • Jos Festival of Theatre

    Jos Festival of Theatre

    February , Jos, Nigeria

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  • Undercurrents

    Undercurrents

    February , Ottawa, ON, Canada

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  • Under the Radar

    Under the Radar

    January , New York, United States

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  • Janiero De Grandes Espetáculos

    Janiero De Grandes Espetáculos

    January , Pernambuco, Brazil, South America

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  • International Divine Comedy Theatre Festival

    International Divine Comedy Theatre Festival

    December , Kraków, Poland

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  • Prithvi Theatre Festival

    Prithvi Theatre Festival

    November , Mumbai, India, Asia

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  • Isra-Drama & International Exposure of Israeli Theatre

    Isra-Drama & International Exposure of Israeli Theatre

    November , Israel, Asia

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  • Bangkok Theatre Festival

    Bangkok Theatre Festival

    November , Bangkok, Thailand, Asia

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  • IAPAR Inernational Theatre Festival

    IAPAR Inernational Theatre Festival

    November , Pune, India, Asia

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  • Kampala International Theatre Festival

    Kampala International Theatre Festival

    November , Kampala, Uganda

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  • Festival of New Dramaturgies

    Festival of New Dramaturgies

    October , Bydgoszcz, Poland

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  • Wuzhen Theatre Festival

    Wuzhen Theatre Festival

    October , Wuzhen, China

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  • Belgrade International Theatre Festival

    Belgrade International Theatre Festival

    September , Belgrade, Serbia

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  • Dublin Theatre Festival

    Dublin Theatre Festival

    September , Dublin, Ireland

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  • Topanga Actors Company Ten-Minute Play Festival

    Topanga Actors Company Ten-Minute Play Festival

    September , Topanga, California

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  • Cairo International Festival for Contemporary & Experimental Theatre

    Cairo International Festival for Contemporary & Experimental Theatre

    September , Cairo, Egypt, Africa

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  • Broadway Bound Theatre Festival

    Broadway Bound Theatre Festival

    August , New York, United States

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  • Contemporary American Theatre Festival

    Contemporary American Theatre Festival

    July , Shepherdstown, West Virginia, United States

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  • PUF International Alternative Theatre Festival

    PUF International Alternative Theatre Festival

    July , Pula, Croatia

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  • Dorset Theatre Festival

    Dorset Theatre Festival

    June , Dorset, Vermont, United States

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