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The ANPF 2015 playwrights: Beth Kander, Brian Mulholland, host playwright EM Lewis, Skye Robinson Hillis, and Meridith Friedman. Photo by Elizabeth von Radics

The Curtain Closes on AANPF2015_blue_webNPF 2015

  • The Luckiest People by Meridith Friedman
  • The Return of Tartuffe by Brian Mulholland
  • And Vaster by Skye Robinson Hillis
  • The Bottle Tree by Beth Kander

ANPF 2015 ran October 21 to 25 at the Unitarian Center in Ashland. Read synopses of the winning plays and the playwrights’ bios. The winning playwrights traveled to Ashland for a week of rehearsals and readings and to see their scripts taken from the page to the stage. Read their testimonials. There were two readings of each play, featuring professional actors and directors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the community. All performances were followed by a talkback moderated by ANPF 2008 winner and returning host playwright EM Lewis. View the photo album.

Now Accepting Scripts for Next Year’s Festival

We are currently accepting submissions for ANPF 2016, which runs October 19 to 23, 2016. Our festival is under new artistic direction, and we have made changes to our requirements:

  • ANPF2016_webOnly the first 400 submissions will be accepted.
  • We now allow doubling of characters.
  • We no longer accept hard copies.

Read our script submission guidelines and follow the steps on our Submit a Script page.

The ANPF Women’s Invitational Debuts in March

WI-Logo_Design_by_Ideas_to_ImagesGreat theatre consists of great storytelling, yet many beautiful, powerful stories go unheard due to barriers faced by talented women playwrights, particularly women of other cultures. On the last weekend of March 2016, to inaugurate our twenty-fifth season, Ashland New Plays Festival will present the ANPF Women’s Invitational—dramatic readings of the three winning plays received from 50 of the nation’s best playwrights.

By offering this platform for women to present their work, we will help to lift these barriers and offer theatregoers a unique opportunity to experience the rich talent and compelling perspectives that women bring to storytelling. Says Artistic Director Kyle Haden, “As an incubator for new plays, to help the next great plays come to fruition, we want to make sure we’re drawing stories from all the best playwrights. There are a lot of stories out there that aren’t being told and viewpoints that aren’t being represented. Since women are the largest group to be under-represented in theatre today, shouldn’t we start with them first?”

Please plan to join us March 25, 26, and 27, 2016, in the Music Recital Hall at Southern Oregon University for this extraordinary event. The winning plays will be presented in matinee and evening performances. ANPF members will be given priority access to tickets, and reserved seating will be available. For more information watch this space.

Kyle Haden photo by Lev Gorn

Kyle Haden photo by Lev Gorn

Meet Our Artistic Director

Kyle Haden is a professional actor, director, and educator, Haden has deep roots in Ashland, having played many roles for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. These include both acting and teaching as well as directing OSF’s Midnight Projects and School Visit shows and serving on the Boar’s Head committee. Kyle has been the director of OSF’s Summer Seminar program for high school juniors for the past five years and is a member of the OSF Institute faculty in the festival’s Education Department. Previously, he taught in the Theatre Arts Department at Southern Oregon University for three years, where he completely overhauled and redesigned the department’s BFA and BA Performance curricula. He is currently an assistant professor at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts.

Haden leads the collaborative process to select the four winning plays from hundreds of scripts submitted for presentation as dramatic readings during our one-week festival. He recruits a director for each winning play and collaborates with the four directors to cast the roles, facilitate playwright/director communication, and oversee rehearsals and performances. He also acts as our spokesperson, advises the Board of Directors about fundraising events, assists in promoting Festival Week, and serves as a liaison between ANPF and the greater theater community.