About The New Works Festival

From July 11- 25, 2011 Phoenix Theatre’s campus will host the fourteenth annual Hormel New Works Festival. The festival will highlight new works in their development stages and give patrons an opportunity to see a play’s creative process from the beginning with a staged reading and then a performance of the work.

This year’s staged readings include Tropical Heat by Rich Orloff, Reykjavik by Philip Dawkins, The Penis Eulogy by Daniel Cahill, and Dinner on the Inside by Christian Krauspe.

Plays are screened and selected by a committee consisting of professional directors, actors and dramaturges from Phoenix Theatre and graduate students from the Arizona State University Playwriting Program.

The event lasts two weeks and provides patrons more an experience with all-day activities on Saturdays and Sundays.

During the event, Phoenix Theatre also hosts the Second Draft Series, a play development initiative designed to give a fast track process for plays to be developed and ready for submission to New Works Festivals.

The festival will also include the 24 Hour Theatre Project Sunday, August 1at 7pm. It’s the full theatre process on fast forward.  Patrons will see four to five ten-minute one-acts go from conception to production in twenty-four hours.

Developed by the ASU School of Theatre and Film, Phoenix Theatre is also hosting the staged readings of The Centennial Plays as part of the New Works Festival. The works will be produced at ASU in October.

“This year the Hormel New Works Festival will be more exciting than ever. Over two weekends, we are hosting 4 staged readings, 2 sit down readings, a short play festival featuring Arizona themed content and a 24 hour theatre event. It’s going to be the hottest event this summer” says Robert Kolby Harper, Associate Artistic Director.

A full schedule of events, Synopis’ and Playwright info for the staged readings can be found at


About Phoenix Theatre

Phoenix Theatre is a not-for-profit corporation that offers a full range of theatrical programming currently in its 91th consecutive, producing year. Programming includes: Mainstage Season series of Broadway and world premiere musicals and plays; the 30-year-old Cookie Company, producing professional theatre for young audiences and families; the annual summer New Works Festival; and PT Education, supporting curricular and extra-curricular educational programs for all ages across the Valley. It is a member of Theatre Communications Group, the national organization of professional theatres, employs members of the Actor’s Equity Association, and is supported in part by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and hundreds of individual, corporate, and foundation donors.

Phoenix Theatre is located at 100 East McDowell Road and shares a multi-acre campus with the Phoenix Art Museum at Central and McDowell.

  1. Liz Smith says:

    How does one submit their work for consideration for next year’s festival?

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