PlayFest History and Updates

PlayFest presented by Harriett’s Charitable Trust 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!

Orlando Shakes is a core member of the National New Play Network, a nationwide organization devoted to developing new work through the New Play Exchange, rolling world premieres, and annual conferences.


Click here to view PlayFest 2017 readings