Bay Area Playwrights Festival
The annual BAPF brings together a select group of playwrights and professional directors, dramaturgs, the Bay Area’s top actors, and new this year, designers, to engage in an in-depth development process of six new plays over three weeks, including a three-day artists retreat outside the city, and two weeks of rehearsals during which artistic teams support the playwright’s dramaturgical investigations. The work leads to two public staged readings of each play, with a week for rehearsal and rewriting in between the readings. We value the studio work as much as we value the public presentations. Audiences provide playwrights with important feedback as these works develop into finished scripts, while gaining an insiders experience of new work as it is created.
Producing Partnerships and Commissions
Support the inception and development of new work by BAPF Alumni, finalists and others, and advance the work from development to full productions by forming partnerships with local new play producers.
The Playwrights Foundation's Rough Readings is a series of developmental readings that give playwrights the opportunity to hear first drafts of their new works, fine-tune nearly finished plays approaching a production or commission deadline, and make connections with producers. The Rough Readings series is in partnership with the National Center for New Plays at Stanford University.
Sister City Playwrights Exchange
Sister City Playwrights Exchange, founded by playwright/director Vincent Murphy at Emory University in 2003 in cooperation with several theaters and nine of the Play Labs, relocated to the Playwrights Foundation in January of 2010. Its mission is to swap talented, under-recognized playwrights in several regions of the US, Canada and England.
One Minute Play Festival
If you like a fast-paced, fun evening, where your mind and heart get twisted and turned for 90 minutes of non-stop theater, you’ll enjoy the SF OMPF. The 4th Annual SF OMPF features brand new 90 one-minute plays by 52 of the Bay Area's growing talent pool of exceptional contemporary writers, among them are some of the most important artistic voices in the nation.
A pilot program launched in 2008, the goal of the Resident Playwrights Initiative is to grow and sustain the Bay Area as a vibrant and fertile center for new plays. The six playwrights in the pilot phase of the program were selected from past BAPF alumni and finalists.
Des Voix Festival
The Des Voix Festival (May 5-11, 2014) will feature three contemporary French playwrights' new plays, translated into English and presented over one weekend at Theatre Artaud in San Francisco. Thank you for embarking on this exciting international collaboration!
Play After Dark
Over the course of the night, which was comprised of 3 playwrights, 4 actors, a magician's attic, pop divas, Velveeta vs. cheese, narcolepsy, a bookie and an addictive gambler. Add in a wide assortment of alcohol, several great raffle prizes, friends and family members and the party was one that we sure won't forget anytime soon.
A pilot program launched in 2008, the INKubator Series (INK, affectionately) is a series of one to two week intensive closed-door workshops, safe from the pressures of producers and public scrutiny. INK supports works nearing a premiere production or simply serves as an in-depth collaborative exploration for the development of new work.