The deadline to submit new full-length plays for PlayFest (November 2016) has passed. Please check back in January 2017 for next season’s submission guidelines.

PlayFest represents one of the strongest commitments to new plays in the nation. Over the years, the festival has helped develop over 125 new works – many of which have received subsequent productions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas, and Washington D.C.

PlayFest is unique among New Play Festivals in two ways:

PlayFest nurtures the playwright during the creative process. Writers are afforded the opportunity to work with top directors and actors in Orlando and beyond to help them in their process from page to stage.

PlayFest partners with theater companies across the nation, as well as new play development organizations, to provide audiences with the opportunity to see the work of many groups.

Due to the success of PlayFest, Central Florida is now identified as a place where exceptional new works are making their debut. Join us in discovering the next great American playwright!

November 3 - 6, 2016

PlayFest 2015 has now concluded. Thank you to all playwrights, audiences, and artists involved.

Mark your calendars! We’ll be back November 3-6, 2016 with more new plays and opportunities to find the next Shakespeare.

PlayFest offers you the rare opportunity to participate in the development of new plays. Converse with playwrights, directors, and actors while absorbing groundbreaking new works. This four-day event tears down the barrier between artist and audience, putting YOU at the heart of the process.

Your input is vital to the extended life of new plays. Many audience favorites from PlayFest have been developed into full productions in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Signature Series!

PlayFest Packages

PlayFest VIP – $100 per individual

Want to make sure you’ve got the best seat in the house?  For the first time ever, we’re offering the opportunity to upgrade your pass to PlayFest VIP to ensure a reserved seat for all PlayFest readings.  Become a PlayFest VIP to reserve your seat up front in one of the first four rows of the Margeson Theater.

Purchase all 7 Readings with a PlayFest Package! – $49 (Value: $70)

Make a commitment to new plays! Call the Box Office at 407-447-1700 ext. 1 for more information.


Titles to be announced early Fall 2016.