Playwriting Fest 2020


It’s Year III and we are happy to announce the 3rd New Play Series Playwriting Festival! Submissions are open now and available until March 13, 2020. A committee of judges will select a series of shorts (10-minute plays) and three One-Acts (up to 45-minutes) for readings presented during the Festival, June 11-14, 2020.

One Act Submissions                                         Short Short Submissions

Encore Readings of the 2018-2019 selected plays will kick off the series in spring 2020. Join our mailing list to receive updates and information.

Preview Before the Festival Begins!

FUSE Productions is opening our preview night with a production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” at Schwab Auditorium.

Make sure to buy your tickets now!

Jesus Christ Superstar

36 Hours and Counting

We’ve added new classes, had a few schedule changes, but we’re ready to go in downtown State College on Friday, June 21! Consider taking a class on Allen Street, joining Dr. Seuss’ Circus McGurkus in front of Schlow Public Library, and buying a ticket to one of the many performances. With over 20 companies and 130 events, we’re excited about what’s to come!

The 2019 Line-up is complete!

We’ve done it and gone to print! From free workshops, to 3-day intensives, to readings, to performances, and design showcases-check out the 2019 Lineup.

April 5-7 PreVUE Time!

It’s preview time! Get a jump on what’s happening this coming festival season when you join the 20 participating companies for their preview kickoff announcing new events and upcoming festival activities. There are samplings of performances, readings, and workshops for all ages!

Feature Performances and Events:

Friday, April 5 6pm Kick-off Reception

Saturday, April 6

Tempest Productions StoryBook Theatre (ages 4-10)

9:30am So You Wanna Be a Pirate ($6.50)

11am So You Wanna Be a Pirate ($6.50)

3pm Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing ($14.50)

8pm Lady Grey hosts Fast and Loose-A Community Cabaret ($20.50)

Sunday, April 7

7:30pm Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing ($14.50)

FREE Readings, Workshops, Discussions, and More!

Friday April 5
1:30pm A Room of One’s Own with Elaine Meder-Wilgus

3pm 27 rue de Fleurus with Stephanie Gates, Alison Jaenicke, Rachael Lyon, Lisa Mangini, Mary Rohrer-Dann, and Camille Yvette Welsch

4:30pm Next Stage Theatre Company presents Time Flies with Caitlin Osborne and John Austin

7:30pm Playwriting Festival Short Readings (come for any or all!)
Biscuits & Bacon by Sharece M. Sellem, Fluent by Chuck Smith
The Naughty List by Trevor Suthers, Theories by Jenell Abram, Therapy Dog by Les Abromovitz

Saturday, April 6
1:30pm Sneak Peak: A Student Dance Sharing with Central PA Dance Workshop and Centre Dance

6:00pm Uncovering Choreography – Discussions and Demonstrations
with Dance Makers hosted by Allied Motion Dance Company

Sunday, April 7

1:30-4:30pm Playwriting Festival Readings
1:30pm Drive by Robert Weinstein
2:30pm Factory Treasure by Amy Oestreicher.
3:30pm All in the Numbers by Evan W. Saunder

6pm Dance & Theatre Sampler with VanDance Inc. and others.

20 & Counting!

Our 20 Legacy Companies are meeting and planning to create programming for our 2nd Annual Central PA Theatre & Dance Fest. So make sure to save the dates, June 21-23, 2019! And the months of Feb-June are hopping with classes, workshops, performances and more. So as we count the days to spring and the summer festival season, don’t forget to check out our Festival Inaugural Members and try to catch a performance!

Pre-Planning has begun!

We’re finalizing our reports for the 2018 Central PA Theatre & Dance Fest and moving into the pre-planning stage for 2019! We’ll be holding some open houses and town hall meetings and want to see many artists and companies from Central PA join us as we begin planning! So please, make sure you’re on our mailing list, make sure to follow our Facebook Page, and reach out to your friends and colleagues! Our first set of meetings is slated for mid-August. Hope to see you then.

12 Days to Go!

12 Days to go! Have you purchased your BackStage Pass and ordered your tickets yet? And while you’re waiting for the Fest to begin, make sure to catch founding member Happy Valley Improv’s Community Jam!

Happy Valley Improv
June 11th: Community Jam!
Attic of the State Theatre, 8 p.m.…/

Winners of the Playwriting Fest!

Shout out to the winners of the 2018 Playwriting Competition for the Central PA Theatre & Dance Fest!

Short Shorts

  • Biscuits & Bacon by Sharece M. Sellem
  • Fluent by Chuck Smith
  • The Naughty List by Trevor Suthers?
  • Theories by Jenell Abram
  • Therapy Dog by Les Abromovitz


  • All in the Numbers by Evan W. Saunders
  • Drive by Robert Weinstein
  • Factory Treasure by Amy Oestreicher.

Catch the readings of these new plays Friday-Sunday, June 22-24, during the Central PA Theatre Fest. Schedule for readings to be announced shortly – so check back!

June 7-9 Centre Dance Spring Recital

June 7th, 8th, and 9th: Spring Recital
The State Theatre, 6 p.m.Centre Dance Square

And mark your calendars for June 22 when Centre Dance “brings it” to the Central PA Theatre & Dance Fest!