Performance writing takes forms complete and incomplete, narrative and imagistic, compact and durational. As such, the festival plays with the idea of the live, allowing the development and evolution of new work in conversation with the writer, directors, actors, designers, and audience. All are collaborators in the exciting life of the new performance script.
The festival (formerly the New Plays Festival) is made possible through support from an endowed fund for the Adele Kellenberg Seaver ’49 Professorship in Literary Arts. Every year, the festival presents a combination of readings and workshop productions of new plays by graduate theatre artists from Brown and one or more productions by undergraduate Writing for Performance concentrators. The plays are acted and directed by students in the Brown/Trinity MFA program, Brown University’s undergraduate programs, and the community at large.