New Works Festival

Address: 1 Market Square
Newburyport, MA 01950

The Firehouse is committed to the development of new work. Over the past 13 years, more than 160 were performed on our stage first-through our annual Firehouse New Works Festival. This festival fosters the growth of New England playwrights while showcasing the talent of local and regional actors and directors. (Last year, 43 actors, 17 directors, and 16 playwrights were featured in our festival!) Playwrights from across New England submit their 10-minute, one-act, and full-length plays to an independent panel who select the festival's shows in anonymous readings. Directors and their casts then work with selected playwrights to produce two weekends of original theater.

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  • New Works Festival 2016

    ScheduleJanuary 22, 2016An American MosaicWritten by Scott SullivanDirected by David HouldenJanuary 23, 2016Too, Too Solid FleshWritten by Peter M. FloydDirected by Stephen FariaLast of the Good StuffWritten by Deirdre GirardDirected by Suzanne Hitchcock BryanMartin's Dilemm...

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  • New Works Festival 2015

    Celebrating our 13th year! Since 2002 the Firehouse Center for the Arts and the New Works Festival have fostered the development of New England writers, directors, and actors.Providing insight on the play-writing process from conception to presentation, this festival allows ...

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