Fresh From the Island: A New Works Festival

Kings Playhouse, Young at Heart Theatre and Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre are accepting play submissions from PEI creators for Fresh from the Island – a new works festival, 2023.
What We’re Looking For:

We are looking for finished scripts and scripts in development at any stage.   We encourage all forms of stage work, including devised theatre, monologues, musical theatre, comedy sketches, and new forms of stage performance that require a script.
We encourage submissions from equity deserving writers and creators, and commit to working collaboratively to provide work environments and partnerships that are safe, inclusive and fun throughout the process.
We employ a blind submission process to avoid unintentional bias on the part of our team of qualified readers. 
A $20 submission fee supports the producing of the 2023 Fresh from the Island festival.
Fresh From The Island will present the three finalist PEI playwrights in live readings in a festival weekend October 19-22 2023 at Kings Playhouse in Georgetown PE. Each of the three selected scripts will be paired with local actors and professional dramaturgs for an intensive workshop culminating in live, concert-style readings that are open to the public. 
**Unfinished scripts will be considered**

An honorarium will be awarded to each finalist selected.
Final selections will be confirmed by:
Kings Playhouse Interim Executive Director, and Young at Heart Theatre Artistic Producer, Catherine O’Brien
Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre Artistic Director, Pamela Halstead

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The second annual Fresh From the Island: New Works Festival was a great success in 2022,
with a busy four-day event at Kings Playhouse in Georgetown from October 20-23 rd . Events
included special workshops, panel discussions and staged readings.
Participants also took in the HallowQueen Murder Mystery event on October 22 nd .
Two plays were selected from a blind jury of peers, and the plays were workshopped with
professional dramaturgs and actors.
The selected plays were: The Conversation, by Marlene Campbell, and Say You’re Sorry, by
Louise Burley.  
The Dramaturgs were Pamela Halstead and Lindsay Kyte, with apprentice Dramaturgs Rory
Starkman and Benton Hartley assisting.
An additional collaborative project with Kings Playhouse was included in the festival, offering
support for the Legacy Project ‘Sma’knis’, a new work by Julie Pellissier-Lush. 
Our workshop panelists included Pamela Halsted, AD of Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre,
Adam Brazier, Artistic Director of the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Robert Tsonos, Artistic
Director of Watermark Theatre and Pat Smith, former Executive Director of Victoria Playhouse.
Many thanks to actors Yvette Doucette, Marlene Handrahan, Cameron MacDuffee, Sharlene
MacLean, Melissa Mullen and Rob MacDonald.
Thanks also to our stage manager, Rory Starkman, and assistant stage manager Jessie Duarte.
Young at Heart Theatre, Kings Playhouse and Desert Island Theatre are grateful for the support
from New Horizons for Seniors, Government of Canada, Innovation PEI and Playwrights Atlantic
Resource Centre for making this event possible.
Thanks to all who attended the workshops and readings. We look forward to seeing more plays
developed in the coming year.