Giving Georgia Playwrights A Voice

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 our summer festival, we work year-round to provide important opportunities to Georgia playwrights and Essential audiences.  
Funds raised through this campaign will help to fund Essential's two staff positions and cover expenses for our non-festival readings, panels and conversations. Even better, your support today helps us keep these events admission-free throughout the year.  

Want to know more about the work your donation supports?

Processing Playwriting Competition Submissions. 
With almost 80 scripts submitted for the 2017 Essential Theatre Playwriting Competition, we’re thrilled to see the great work keep rolling in. But reading and evaluating 80 scripts takes time! Founding Artistic Director Peter Hardy coordinates script evaluation by outside readers as well as reading the plays himself. The plays we will produce in this summer’s Festival and our Bare Essentials readings are selected from competition entrants.


Continued Bare Essentials readings throughout the year. Last year for the first time in a long time, thanks to your support, Essential was able to host Bare Essentials readings throughout the year and not just during the Festival. Readings are invaluable to a playwright's process and a unique opportunity for you as an audience member to become a part of the creative process and impact the development of a play by attending and engaging in feedback with the playwright afterwards.
 

Nedra Pezold Roberts, one of the playwrights whose work received a Bare Essentials reading, describes the importance of staged readings in her own creative process like this: 

"Hearing my characters emerge from voices of actors is crucial. A staged reading distills those voices, letting them focus on the words in the script divorced from the distractions of costumes and props. It presents the script in its purest form and lets me hear if my words ring true."  

Another Bare Essentials playwright, Caleb Zane Huett, says,  
"Nothing (of mine) would ever get finished if it weren’t for readings like this one. There’s no motivation like having someone look at you and say, 'I want to help you make this great.'"  

Topical livestream/in-person panels and conversations.
 Did you attend the "Future of New Play Development in Atlanta and Nationally" panel we co-presented with Working Title Playwrights in June? Would you like to see more conversations of this kind? Well we'd like to offer them, and this is one way you can help!
Here are what a couple of our audience members had to say about the panel in June:

“Thank you for organizing this conversation. It was insightful and interesting, and some good points were made!”   

“I cannot stress enough how much I loved that this was live streamed! I got to listen to very smart people while still caring for a 9 month old, and it was great!”
 

Help Essential Theatre to provide this programming and more. Make your donation today!


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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  • Donate $1 or more

    Thank you for supporting the Essential Theatre. Look for your name in the special thanks on our Facebook and Twitter feeds today! You will also be thanked on our website when our campaign is complete and listed in the 2017 Essential Theatre Festival playbill next summer.
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  • Donate $25 or more

    Donate $25 or more and receive a personalized thank you card from Artistic Director Peter Hardy.
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  • Donate $50 or more

    Donate $50 or more and get public thanks, personalized thanks AND be the first to find out about new Essential programming in the coming year, from Bare Essentials to social events to live and online public conversations. Earlybirds also have the opportunity to reserve priority seating whenever applicable.
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  • Donate $100 or more

    Give $100 or more and get a signed World Premiere poster from a past Essential Play Festival.
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  • Donate $250 or more

    A donation of $250 or more will get you all this plus a letter of thanks from a playwright whose work you have helped to support.
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  • Donate $500 or more

    All this PLUS a bound and autographed script from a playwright whose work you are helping to support OR an exclusive invitation to attend an open rehearsal for one of the World Premiere productions in the 2017 Essential Theatre Festival. Your choice!
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