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At the Br!NK New Play Festival we celebrate & develop the work of Midwestern women playwrights.

Br!NK is Moving!

The dates for the 2023 Br!NK Festival will be moved from the Fall of 2023 to the Spring of 2024

Dates for the next Br!NK Festival: May 18 & 19, 2024
Next Submission window for Br!NK 2025: May 1st - July 31st

Rehearsal for Renaissance Theaterworks production of Nubian Stories by Nabra Nelson, part of the Brink New Play Festival

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 Playwright Residency — 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 May!

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.

Previously the Br!NK New Play Festival weekend included performances of Br!NK Br!efs — a collection of fully-staged ten-minute plays and Playwriting Labs for aspiring or experienced playwrights. We hope to bring these programs back soon. 

Br!NK 2022 is Supported by

Logo for UPAF United Performing Arts Fund, proud supporter of Renaissance Theaterworks
Logo for Wisconsin Arts Board, proud supporter of Renaissance Theaterworks
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