Giving Georgia playwrights an ever-stronger voice across the country and in the world while enriching our own community of artists and audience members at home.

About the Project

Essential Theatre is the longest-running theatre dedicated exclusively to supporting the work of Georgia playwrights. Although we only produce plays during the festival, our year-round work continues to expand as we find new ways to give Georgia playwrights a voice. This fall, help us expand our boundaries and deepen our roots as we take the next steps to ensure that Georgia’s playwrights become recognized as significant new American playwrights, which is what they truly are.

What your donation will support:

Processing Playwriting Competition Submissions: We had another record-breaking year of submissions to our playwriting competition, and we’re pleased to see the great work keep rolling in. But reading and evaluating more than 80 scripts takes time! Help us give these plays the time and attention they deserve.

Growing our Bare Essentials series by producing readings locally year-round and developing a Bare Essentials touring package, to extend our reach outside of Metro Atlanta and across the state. All of our Bare Essentials play readings are chosen from submissions to our playwriting competition. Visit http://www.essentialtheatre.com/bare-essentials-play-readings/ to find out more about the Bare Essentials play reading series

Strategic Planning: Assessment, evaluation and grounded planning are vital to an organization’s sustainability. It’s a strategic planning year for us, and we have lots to consider! We are committed to producing top-quality professional productions of the best new works by Georgia playwrights, and to providing an accessible and enriching theatre experience for our audiences. Help us develop a plan that will ensure that we are bringing Atlanta what’s new and giving Georgia playwrights a voice for years to come!


Matching Sponsors

Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $5,000 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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    Besides the satisfaction of seeing Georgia playwrights’ work celebrated on stages across the state and throughout the year, and besides the pride of knowing you helped make it happen, you will be thanked in the following ways:

    Each and every power2give donor will be thanked by name via Facebook and Twitter at the time of your donation. You will also receive our monthly newsletter, where you can find out about the latest and greatest Essential news and deals and get behind the scenes stories about our plays and their playwrights -- AND see your name in print when our power2give campaign wraps up and we thank everyone who has donated to support our work! In addition, supporters will be thanked by name on our website's home page and listed in our 2016 Festival playbill.
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    Receive a personalized thank you card from Artistic Director Peter Hardy.
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    All this PLUS priority seating at any Bare Essentials readings now through December 2016. You will receive email notification when Bare Essential readings are held with instructions for reserving your Priority Seat.
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    All of this PLUS priority seating when you purchase tickets to any of our shows in the 2016 Essential Theatre Play Festival.
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    All this PLUS a bound and autographed script from a playwright whose work you are helping to support.
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    All of this PLUS an exclusive invitation to attend an open rehearsal for one of the World Premiere productions in the 2016 Essential Theatre Festival.
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