WI Shakespeare Festival Accepts Submissions

WI Shakespeare Festival Accepts Submissions

Pablo Center at the Confluence works to educate and explore William Shakespeare’s writing through the Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival, slated to present its second season throughout the Summer of 2024.  

Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival is thrilled to announce the return of Improbable Fiction: A One-Act New Plays series, an initiative built to celebrate and uplift playwrights and their craft. Playwrights from across the region and country are invited to submit in one of three categories: “Young Voices” (for writers ages 16-24), “Diverse Perspectives (a rotating category – for 2024, this is for writers who identify as LGBTQIA+), or “Shakes-pired” (for works inspired by or an homage to Shakespeare and his plays). Through a blind adjudication process, the Festival will select three playwrights to showcase their talent and creative writing through the series and provide a stipend of $750 for each script selected.  

Each selected play will be assigned a director, stage manager, actors, and dramaturg, and be  workshopped in collaboration with the playwright. At least one virtual workshop will take place in spring of 2024, followed by a rehearsal process and public performance (fully-staged or a staged reading) in July. The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the audience and a reception. 

Submissions require no entry fee and must be submitted by December 22, 2023; submissions are online-only, available WITH AN EASY CLICK HERE.

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