Maine Playwrights Festival

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Elwood's Last Job by Elaine Ford
“Elwood’s Last Job” by Elaine Ford at the 2017 Festival (photo Shannon Wade)

The Maine Playwrights Festival is now in its 17th year of nurturing the development of new scripts by Maine writers.  The festival is centered on developing and honing short plays, from submission through staged readings, rewrites, and culminating in a series of public performances.  Artistic Director / Dramaturg Daniel Burson leads the festival and this year will also co-teach a fall Playwriting Workshop.  The spring festival will be produced through a collaboration between Maine-based directors, actors, and designers, working with professional playwright-in-Residence, Callie Kimball.

The 2018 Maine Playwrights Festival will be comprised of two weekends of fully staged performances of short plays (8-30 minutes in length).  Each selected script will be performed on every show night during the festival.  The plays will be performed at the Studio Theater at Portland Stage (25 Forest Avenue) in Portland, April 26 to May 5, 2018.

Script selection for the 2018 festival is still in process.
Playwrights whose scripts are being offered a place in the festival will be contacted by January 31st.

Auditions for the 2018 Maine Playwrights Festival will take place on Saturday, Feb 10, and Sunday, Feb 11, at Mechanics Hall in Portland!

Click here to sign-up for a 2018 audition slot on one of the two dates.