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ANPF2015_blue_webScript Reading Is Under Way

Our intrepid Reading Committee is diligently poring over an unprecedented number of submissions for ANPF 2015, enabling the cream to rise to the top. The winning playwrights will be notified in late June and announced publicly in early July.

We will begin accepting scripts for ANPF 2016 on June 1, 2015. We are reviewing our script submission process and will post the revised guidelines soon.

ANPF 2015 runs October 21 to 25 at the Unitarian Center in beautiful Ashland, Oregon.


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, which runs October 21 to 25. The AD position is part-time from 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 of the winning playwrights. The staged readings of the winning plays ran October 22 to 26 and featured both matinée and evening performances.

The 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. Playwright bios and play synopses


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.


FodorsWant to Learn More about ANPF?

Fodor’s lists Ashland New Plays Festival as one of the top three reasons to visit Ashland! A recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle praised ANPF as both “prestigious” and “celebrated.” Want to learn more? “Like” Ashland New Plays Festival on Facebook and view our photo albums! Read about our history and testimonials of winning playwrights. Enter your contact information to be added to our mailing list. Got a question or want to get involved? Drop us a line.