Forward Theater Company and Wisconsin Wrights support and develop new theatrical work, awarding three Wisconsin playwrights with the rare opportunity to develop their plays in a professional public reading series.
WHAT IS WISCONSIN WRIGHTS?
The goal of Forward Theater Company and Wisconsin Wrights is to support and develop new theatrical work, via a biennial new play festival that features up to three works by Wisconsin playwrights. After a submission and selection process, selected playwrights communicate with professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors to develop their plays, culminating in public readings at the festival. Each night is dedicated to a single play.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
We will begin accepting scripts for Forward Theater's 2022 Wisconsin Wrights New Play Development Project on September 1, 2021. Please visit the Submissions Page for more details.
For additional information: Follow us on Facebook or sign up for our e-newsletter for the 2020 festival submission announcement. Contact WisconsinWrights@forwardtheater.com for additional information.
Wisconsin Wrights was created in fall 2006 through a partnership between the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies in Theatre, the UW-Madison University Theatre, and Madison Repertory Theatre. The founding partners were joined by Milwaukee Chamber Theatre in 2007 and Forward Theater Company in 2009. Edenfred/Terry Family Foundation supported the Wisconsin Wrights New Play Development Project from the beginning by providing one-week residencies for the three finalists in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2013. Forward Theater Company accepted stewardship of the Wisconsin Wrights program from the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies in the summer of 2014 and will continue to coordinate the program as a reading series for new works.
PREVIOUS AWARD RECIPIENTS
2020 AWARD RECIPIENTS
The Mytilenian Debate by Quan Barry
The Year Without a Summer by Greer DuBois
Sapiens by Eric Schabla
2017 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Hamm in Love and War by Eric Appleton
No Wake by Erica Berman
Dionysus on the Down Low by Michael Proft
2015 AWARD RECIPIENTS
In a Clearing by Karen Saari
Faithless by Michael Proft
Learning to Stay by James DeVita
2013 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Waiting by Kimberly Megna Yarnall
Discovering Austen by Kristin Hammargren
Coyote Moon by Sam D. White
2011 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Oatesland by Sam D. White
October, Before I was Born by Lori Matthews
The Kid Thing by Sarah Gubbins
2009 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Broken and Entered by Kurt McGinnis Brown
The Lightning Bug by Rand Higbee
Kiritsis by David Ray Schanker
2008 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Choke Cherry Corners by Ludmilla Bollow
The Front Steps by Marcia Jablonski
A Thousand Words by Gwendolyn Rice
2007 AWARD RECIPIENTS
The Queen of Janesville by Greg Lawless
Recovering the Real Me by Kurt McGinnis Brown
Normal Human Beings by Bruce Murphy