Wrights of Spring is an annual festival that celebrates new work by the next generation of playwrights and comedy artists. Produced by a team of BFA Management students, WOS is a collaborative and student-driven festival providing playwriting and comedy arts students an intensive, developmental laboratory and an opportunity to showcase their work in front of an audience.
Since the first festival in 1996, Wrights of Spring has presented works by over 170 playwrights. Over 30 of these works have been subsequently produced at The Theatre School as part of our New Playwrights Series and in our Studio and Lab series. In 2020, our 25th anniversary, Wrights of Spring expanded to include the work of students in our brand new Comedy Arts program.
Wrights of Spring also features an array of special events that celebrate the festival’s spirit of ingenuity, play, and community building around original student-generated work. Our opening night festivities have featured a Playwrights Slam, special guests and the public reveal of Playwrights Central. The Debutante Ball introduces the voices of BFA I Playwrights and Comedy Artists and recognizes two graduating seniors with the Lawrence Bundschu and Warren Snoddy Endowed Playwriting Prize and The Interrobang Theatre Project Award. Other events sprinkled throughout the festival range from original comedy to music performance.
All readings and festival events are completely free and open to the public!
For additional information contact the student producing team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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new play series
Since 2004, The Theatre School has been committed to bringing our audience a world premiere of a brand new, original play written by a current Theatre School BFA Student. For most NPS playwrights it is the very first time they’ve seen their work leap from words on a page to a fully realized production of their work. NPS introduces the playwright to the Chicago theatre community as an artist in their own right.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the production of this year’s NPS production, V.I.P. by BFA IV Playwriting major Molly Rosen, could not go on as intended. However, the play is being presented in an exciting online format.
by Molly Rosen
directed by Joanie Schultz
May 19, 2021 - May 23, 2021
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The cast features Ryan Adams (Josh), Emilie Hanson (Olivia), Amelia Hernandez (Jennifer), Kaitlyn Piotroski (Emerson), and Annie Reznik (Angelica).
The production team includes scenic design by Kathryn Healy, lighting design by Maday Favela, sound design by Forrest Gregor, projection design by Grant Palmer, costume design by Grace Onofrey, dramaturgy by Dylan Cohen, production management by Sam Leapley, technical direction by Scott Cavallo, and stage management by Kristina Heiden-Lundberg.