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ANPF2015_blue_webScripts for ANPF 2015 Are Due by January 15

We are currently accepting script submissions for ANPF 2015, which runs October 21 to 25. Submit a script

The Search Is On for a New Artistic Director

After five seasons, ANPF’s intrepid artistic director, Douglas Rowe, has retired with our deepest appreciation and thanks. We are currently seeking an artistic director for ANPF 2015. The AD position is part-time, runs May through October, includes monthly meetings, and pays a modest stipend.

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

The ideal candidate is creative, collegial, collaborative, visionary, and well connected in the professional theater community in Ashland and the region. He or she must be an excellent communicator who is well versed in the theater arts and has a deep appreciation for playwrights and the creative process that produces new plays for the stage.

Interested candidates should contact James Pagliasotti for a confidential interview.


ANPF 2014's creative team: artistic director Douglas Rowe, playwrights Bob Clyman and James Harmon Brown, host playwright EM Lewis, and playwrights Jack Karp and Michael Edan. Photo by Elizabeth von Radics.

ANPF 2014 artistic director Douglas Rowe, playwrights Bob Clyman and James Harmon Brown, host playwright EM Lewis, and playwrights Jack Karp and Michael Edan. Photo by Elizabeth von Radics.

The Curtain Has Closed on ANPF 2014

ANPF 2014 was a smashing success. Read the testimonials from the winning playwrights. The staged readings of the four plays ran October 22 to 26 and featured both matinée and evening performances of each play.

The winning playwrights traveled to beautiful Ashland, Oregon, to workshop their plays and see their scripts taken from the page to the stage, featuring professional actors and directors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the community.

We were thrilled with the stellar talent who graced our stage: Barzin Akhavan, Kenneth Albers, Christine Albright, Catherine E. Coulson, Catherine Lynn Davis, Tony DeBruno, Al Espinosa, Mauro Hantman, Olena Hodges, Caitlin Lushington, Dee Maaske, Holly Weber Neimark, John Pribyl, Geoffrey Riley, Monique Robinson, Douglas Rowe, Mickey Rowe, Vilma Silva, John Stadelman, Jeremy Thompson, U. Jonathan Toppo, Rachael Warren, Peter Wickliffe, and David Wood.

Bios of the playwrights and synopses of the plays


TheatreTalkTheatre Talk Interview Series

ANPF Theatre Talk is a series of conversations between host John Rose and prominent local actors and theatre professionals. Inspired by James Lipton’s television series Inside the Actors Studio, it focuses on the ways their lives merge with their process, skill, and inspiration to create art. The series gives audiences a unique glimpse into the art, craft, and nature of theatre and the lives of these dynamic, hardworking artists.

View photos and videos of past Theatre Talk interviews with Dan DonohueRobynn Rodriguez, Kimberly Scott, and Al Espinosa. Check out the full-length videos of Theatre Talk interviews with Oregon Shakespeare Festival dramaturg Lue Douthit and OSF actors John Tufts, Nell Geisslinger, and Mark Bedard on our YouTube channel.