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.

Now in its eighth year, Source Festival has built a reputation as a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for the district’s actors, directors, and designers. In the last eight years, three of the Source Festival Full-Length Plays have been finalists for the American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg Award. Topher Payne’s remarkable PERFECT ARRANGEMENT (SF13) won the ATCA’s 2013 Osborn Award and Nathan Alan Davis’ outstanding DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA (SF14) received the ATCA Steinberg Citation this spring. Collapsing Silence, an Artistic Blind Date that debuted at the 2011 Festival, inspired the launch of Washington’s new interdisciplinary arts organization Force/Collision. The Festival continues to deepen its engagement with playwrights and the Washington community as a whole though script development workshops and partnerships with Inkwell Theatre and Young Playwrights Theatre.

2015 SOURCE FESTIVAL features…

  • Eighteen 10-Minute Plays selected from hundreds of submissions from across the country;
  • Three Full-Length Plays by some of the country’s most inventive playwrights and selected from more than 120 submissions, and
  • Three Artistic Blind Dates in which artists from different creative disciplines collaborate over six months to create original work.
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