What is Br!NK?

The Br!NK New Play Development Series is designed to develop and advance the work of Midwestern women playwrights.

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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.

Renaissance Theaterworks production of Nubian Stories by Nabra Nelson as part of the Brink New Play Festival

Br!nK is Supported by

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