Br!NK New Play Festival

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

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.

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Br!nK 2020 is Supported by

Logo for UPAF United Performing Arts Fund, proud supporter of Renaissance Theaterworks
Bader Philanthropies logo
Logo for Wisconsin Arts Board, proud supporter of Renaissance Theaterworks
The BRICO Fund logo

2020 Digital Sponsor

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