New Play Festival Br!NK

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

When women are the storytellers, the human story changes.

Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of the Omega Institute

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Br!NK 2020 - We did it!

Our Seventh Annual Br!NK New Play Development Festival took place on September 9-13, 2020. It was a success with our highest ever attendance, poignant and powerful zoom-style performances, and engaging talkback sessions with the playwrights and creative team. From Br!NK 2020 playwright Rachel Bykowski: "Thank you Renaissance Theaterworks for the opportunity to work on my play. It is truly a rare experience for an emerging playwright to find a resource like Br!NK. The chance to work with a theater that is dedicated to new plays, new writers, and provides an onslaught of resources is not easily found in the new play development world. Thank you so much for trusting the process and believing in new plays. As a lifelong Midwestern playwright, I've always wanted to work with Renaissance Theaterworks and the few times we have collaborated, I have enjoyed the experience immensely."

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

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