Southern Writers’ Project
“There really isn’t any other comparable event that showcases
Southern writers. This is the main place to come.”
-Chris Jones, Variety
Experience the diverse, varied heritage of the South and take a look at who we are today during the Southern Writers’ Project Festival of New Plays, an event that gives modern-day storytellers a chance to develop their stories by working with actors, directors, dramaturgs and an audience.
Presented by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the program culminates each year with a lively three-day weekend with an irresistible menu of stimulating, never-before-seen theatre, delicious food, Southern hospitality and opportunities for the audience and professionals to mix and mingle.
Founded in 1991 and endowed by an anonymous donor, the award-winning workshop explores the rich and diverse experiences of many southern cultures, giving playwrights an opportunity to showcase their talent. Through SWP, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival seeks to create theater that speaks specifically to the people of the region.
Visitors who attend the weekend’s events will become part of the creative process by having the opportunity to give the playwrights feedback on their work as it is brought to life on the stage.
The Southern Writers’ Project has featured both acclaimed Southern and African-American writers, such as Keith Josef Adkins, Doris Baizley, Carlyle Brown, Horton Foote, Lee Smith, Ernest Gaines, Keith Glover, Barbara Lebow, Romulus Linney, Richard Marius, James McLure, Sena Jeter Naslund, John Henry Redwood, Kia Corthron, Eric Schmiedl, Regina Taylor, and Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, as well as to more regionally based writers such as Dennis Covington, Randy Hall, Linda Byrd Kilian and Janece Shaffer.