EXPLORE NEW WORDS!
Many special events are hosted in Playwrights Central, the hub where everyone gathers before and after readings to hang out and explore the immersive installation provided by I-SITE (The Institute for Study of Immersive Theatrical Experiences). This year’s installation is the World Organization for Space (WOS) Mission Control Center. When audiences and playwrights need a break, they can drop by the WOS control center during their operation of Project Dionysus: Mission 2018. Amenities include Tang, wonder bread sandwiches, and some 60s tunes in the WOS staff lounge.
Wrights of Spring is a free, school-wide, student-driven annual celebration that showcases new work by The Theatre School playwrights. The two-week festival features nearly 60 play readings written, directed, and performed by Theatre School students. This is the chance for everyone to come together to see the work by the next generation of playwrights.
The festival runs from May 15th through May 26th and features the work of 30 playwrights. Since its inception in 1996, Wrights of Spring has showcased plays of over 200 playwrights. Works presented at Wrights of Spring are frequently produced subsequently at The Theatre School.
The festival offers people an array of special events in addition to the readings. The festival kicks off with Play Slam which includes a whirlwind of humorous readings performed in under 60 minutes. The Debutante Ball features BFA I Playwrights’ premieres of their ten-minute readings. The Debutante Ball also recognizes a graduating senior with the Lawrence Bundschu and Warren Snoddy Endowed Playwriting Prize. Other special events include open mics, musical theatre performances, relaxation workshops, and more.
To keep up with the festival on social media, visit Facebook.com/wrightsofspring and Instagram @wrightsofspring
After you see a reading, tag @wrightsofspring on Facebook or Instagram for the chance to win prizes!
DePaul students who enter in Week 1 of the festival have the chance to win 2 tickets to FEST. FEST is DePaul's annual student-run music festival held at DePaul's Lincoln Park Campus Quad. FEST 2017 will be held on May 26th.
Anyone can enter to win 2 tickets to Victory Gardens’ production of Mies Julie by Yaël Farber, directed by Dexter Bullard. Mies Julie runs May 25 – June 24, 2018.
New Playwright 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 Playwriting Student. For most NPS playwrights it is the very first time they’ve seen their work leap from words on a page to fully realized, in 3D, production of their work. NPS introduces the playwright to the Chicago theatre community as an artist in their own right.
This year’s NPS production is Growing Up Blue by BFA-IV Playwright Chloë Orlando running May 18-26 on the Fullerton Stage.
For additional information, contact the student producing team at