The annual Ohio University Seabury Quinn, Jr. Playwrights’ Festival held each year at the end of the Spring Semester represents the culmination of the work of playwrights enrolled in the MFA Playwriting Program. Hover over the “Fest” tab above to see festival information year by year.
During the festival, first year students present their work in the form of rehearsed sit-down readings. The work of second and third year students is presented in the form of rehearsed reading, script-in-hand workshop productions, or full Studio productions. Playwrights receive audience feedback in addition to individual professional response and mentoring.
Many festival plays go on to receive professional productions in New York, Chicago and around the country. Renowned theater professionals are invited to the University to respond to the work of OU playwrights. These distinguished guests conduct seminars, workshops, and respond to the work of OU playwrights. Recent guests have included nationally acclaimed playwrights Lee Blessing, Rick Cleveland, Eric Coble, Rebecca Gilman, Julie Jensen, Jon Klein, Sherry Kramer, Quincy Long, Julie McKee and Susan Yankowitz, in addition to Chuck Smith (Artistic Associate, Goodman Theatre in Chicago), Janet Allen (Artistic Director, Indiana Repertory), Mead Hunter (Literary Director, Portland Center Stage, in Portland Oregon), Ed Herendeen (Contemporary American Theatre Festival) and Dennis Zacek (Artistic Director, Victory Gardens Theater), Aaron Carter (Director of New Play Development at Steppenwolf).