Washington’s Source For New Work

A vibrant theatre community requires just the right chemistry. Source Festival plays the role of alchemist, mixing the forces of rising talents and established artists to present new works.

Source Festival combines the forces of rising talents with established artists. Driven by creativity, collaboration and invention, artists from across the nation present 25 new works over three weeks. The relationships built here lay the path for the next generation of outstanding performing artists.

2014 year marked Source Festival’s 7th Anniversary. In just seven short years, the Festival has built a reputation as a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for the city’s directors and designers. Emily Schwend’s play Splinters, which premiered at the 2010 Source Festival, was selected as one of six finalists for the American Theatre Critic Association’s 2011 Steinberg Award. Collapsing Silence, an Artistic Blind Date that debuted at the 2011 Festival, inspired the launch of Washington’s new interdisciplinary arts organization Force/Collision. In 2011, the Festival deepened its engagement with playwrights by inaugurating a script development weekend. The annual three-day workshop unites playwrights, dramaturges, actors and designers to further develop the three full-length plays featured each summer. In 2012, Source Festival launched a mentorship program wherein seasoned directors mentor early and mid-career 10-Minute Play directors. The 2013 Festival pioneered an undergraduate internship program for aspiring designers and producers.

2014 SOURCE FESTIVAL featured…

  • Eighteen 10-Minute Plays selected from over 500 submissions from across the country;
  • Three Full-Length Plays by some of the country’s most inventive playwrights, and
  • Three Artistic Blind Dates in which artists from different creative disciplines collaborate over six months to create original work.
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