ESSENTIAL THEATRE: GIVING GEORGIA PLAYWRIGHTS A VOICE ON GEORGIA'S STAGE
Since the first Essential Play Festival in 1999, we've premiered 31 new works by 26 different Georgia playwrights, with readings of over 30 more. The Essential Theatre Playwriting Award began in 2001, and since its inception it has been awarded for 19 plays penned by a total of 17 different Georgia playwrights. Each of these plays has premiered as part of an Essential Theatre Festival, and many have gone on to publication and/or future productions around the country. In September of this year, in fact, our very first Essential Theatre Playwriting Award winner, Lauren Gunderson, was proclaimed by American Theatre Magazine to be the most produced playwright in America!