When women are the storytellers, the human story changes.
Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of the Omega Institute
What is Br!NK?
Each year, Renaissance Theaterworks puts a call out to Midwestern women playwrights to submit their work.
- Two playwrights are selected to receive the Br!NK Residency Award — the opportunity to develop and advance their scripts during a week-long workshop with a director, cast and dramaturg.
- This dedicated team partners with the Br!NK Resident Playwrights, researching and pondering the script from every angle.
- Following the workshop week, the plays are presented as staged-readings for the public at the week-long Br!NK New Play Festival in September!
The Br!NK New Play Festival is unlike a traditional theatrical evening. These staged-readings are focused on the playwright’s work and audience members are encouraged to provide feedback during guided talk-back sessions. Playwrights have the opportunity to meet the actors and directors, and mingle with a community passionate about creating and enjoying theatrical works.
The Br!NK New Play Festival weekend includes performances of Br!NK Br!efs — a collection of fully-staged ten-minute plays and Playwriting Labs for aspiring or experienced playwrights. 2020 Br!NK Br!efs have been cancelled due to COVID-19.