2017 Festival


July 28-August 27, 2017 

at the

West End Performing Arts Center

945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd,  Atlanta, GA 30310

Since our first festival in 1999, the Essential Theatre has presented 29 new works by 24 different Georgia playwrights, with readings of over 25 more.
Join us this summer and celebrate Essential’s – and Georgia’s – rich theatre history and the community in which our playwrights grow and thrive.

In the Press:

Year in Review: Playwrights Shine (Dec 2017, ArtsATL)

Women, Tech, Visionaries Dominate Essential Theatre Festival (July 2017, City Lights with Lois Reitzes)

The Plays of Summer (May 2017, Encore Atlanta)

Essential Theatre Fest names 2017 winner (Feb 2017, Encore Atlanta)