2015 Essential Theatre Festival


2015 marks the 17th year of the Essential Theatre Festival, and the fourth all-Georgia festival, and it’s  a winner.  Join us this summer and be part of this exciting tradition!

Click here to view
the 2015 Festival playbill

and here to view the 2015 Festival Highlights.

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July 20 City Lights with Lois Reitzes

Atlanta INtown Festival Preview

ArtsATL Festival Preview


“[Peter Hardy’s] choices are diverse in the very best way – playwrights, topics, and casting, and I applaud his integrity and ability to make these happen.”   -Ann Neff

“The Essential Theatre Play Festival produces theatre unlike anywhere else in Atlanta. Almost 30 years running, it creates a vital opportunity for us to experience stories that demand to be heard.”    -TK Hadman, Edge Media Network

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