Wisconsin Wrights

May 2022


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, 2022. 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.

HISTORY


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