WPW is an inaugural statewide festival celebrating new plays and musicals in Wisconsin!
We’d love to tell you why! Read more.
From the tip of Door County to the state line, across more than 20 distinct ZIP codes throughout the state.
WPW runs statewide March 1 – June 30, 2023. (Though a few sneaky entries in our line-up actually start a tad earlier and run a bit later.) View our CALENDAR to learn more.
Nope. WPW is not an organization but a coalition of theaters working together under the leadership of Forward Theater, Milwaukee Rep, and Northern Sky in order to amplify new work across the state. Learn more about the WPW Leadership Team.
Initial capital for the WPW festival was provided by Lead and Festival Theaters, as well American Players Theatre, Door Shakespeare, and Ten Chimneys Foundation our presenting sponsor. View a full list of our sponsors and learn how you can support WPW.
If you notice an error in a listing, please reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are having difficulty using or accessing your pass, please email our passport developers at email@example.com. Call or text them at +1-888-921-5333
Head over to our CALENDAR page to search for a specific date or to the ALL SHOWS page to view everything that’s a part of WPW.
We also highly encourage you to sign-up for our digital WPW PASSPORT. No app download is required. Sign-up using an email and phone number and a unique link to your passport is sent directly to you. See plays and check in to earn points along the way. Learn more about the passport and sign-up now.
Purchase tickets to all performances directly from the theater at which they are held. Links to do so will be listed on the calendar/passport entry for the event.
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Follow and tag us on social media, and use #WIseeplays. You can find us @worldpremierewi on Facebook , Instagram, and Twitter.
Our partners at Create Wisconsin have graciously set up an online donation portal. You may make your gift to WPW by visiting it here.
WPW encourages you to volunteer by offering to assist your favorite local theater and by spreading the word to patrons and theatermakers you know around Wisconsin.
It’s not too late! There’s still time to join the festival! Use this form and a member of our team will get in touch with you!
Not at all! WPW welcomes all theaters: community, academic, semi-professional, professional, and more!
Festival Theaters are the professional companies around the state who have committed to a full production as part of WPW and who have been involved in long-term festival planning. (For these purposes, ‘professional’ has been defined as companies who operate under season-long agreements with Actors Equity Association.) Participating Theaters are any theater-making organizations (semi-professional, community, and academic) who wish to participate by presenting a production, workshop, or reading of new work during the span of the festival dates. Learn more
Festival and Participating Theaters receive access to all digital marketing collateral upon sign-up. WPW encourages you to use the WPW logo for your season collateral! If you are a member of the press, visit our MEDIA KIT.
No, there is no cost to joining the Festival. Please note that WPW does not financially support individual productions and readings; costs for every event fall upon the producer.
Please refer to this guide about participation.
To be an official part of the WPW Festival, the presentation dates of your new work must overlap with the Festival dates of March 1-June 30, 2023.
To inquire about further specifics such as interviews, timelines, and more, please email Cindy Moran, WPW’s Public Relations Consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please download directly from our online MEDIA KIT. For photos or other information about specific productions, please inquire directly with theaters.
Please inquire directly with individual theaters’ marketing or leadership teams.
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WPW’s role is to support all entities producing under the WPW umbrella from a promotional and amplification standpoint. WPW is not a producing house, nor do we pair playwrights with producers, venues, etc. A playwright has two potential entry points to have their work included as part of the festival: having it produced by a theater in WI or self-producing.
Use this form and a member of our team will get in touch with you! Please note that you will be responsible for all arrangements to produce your work.