Playwrights’ Festival 2024-06-26T22:37:38+00:00

Stay tuned for information on with 2025 festival!

Spokane Civic Theatre’s 2024 Festival Lineup
June 13 – 16, 2024

About the playwrights


Ask. Tell.
Barbara Lindsay
Shoreline, WA

Siena Lotrario
Youth Division
Spokane, WA

Damn Ye Jack Slade
Paul Lewis
Bainbridge Island, WA

Until the End
Joy Simmons
Spokane Valley, WA

Jack and Jorma (Yorma)
John C. Davenport
Seattle, WA


John C. Davenport
Seattle, WA

Bryan Harnetiaux
**Playwright-in-Residence non-competitive entry
Spokane, WA

Salt Pie
Jean Hardie
Spokane, WA

Master of the Revels
Ross Peter Nelson
Helena, MT

The Invention of Pickle Ball
Rachael Carnes
Eugene, OR

Spokane Civic Theatre is proud to present its celebrated Bryan Harnetiaux Playwrights’ Forum Festival, which is now in its 34th year. Established in 1983, the festival has showcased new short plays and now limits its focus to serving Northwest playwrights.

2024 Festival Deadline

Festival Purpose

The Festival is designed to promote the art of playwriting and to serve the playwrights selected to be showcased in the Festival.

Festival Deadline

Entries for the 2024 Festival must be submitted online, using the application and consent form below. All submissions must be received on/before January 15, 2024.

Submitting Your Play

  • Playwrights residing in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, British Columbia, and Alberta are eligible to submit for the festival.
  • A playwright may submit no more than two (2) plays to the Festival.
  • Submission restrictions:
    • Plays must have a running time of 30 minutes or less.
    • Submissions must be in standard play format.
    • There are no restrictions on content, except no musicals.
    • Plays must be submitted “blind,” with no name on the script nor any identifying information within the script.
    • Submissions must not have been previously professionally produced
    • Please do not re-submit scripts that have been previously submitted, unless substantially revised.
  • The script should include a character breakdown.
  • Any questions should be directed to

Nature of Festival Production

The Festival provides each play selected a fully-rehearsed production, with the opportunity for the playwrights to participate in the rehearsal process and revise the script up until the festival production deadline (usually about 10 days before opening). Revisions after this date are only allowed if the director determines in their discretion further revisions will not jeopardize the quality of the performance. (Playwrights are strongly encouraged to attend as much of the rehearsal process and Festival as possible, and to participate in the moderated post-performance talkbacks with the audience).

We ask that playwrights keep in mind that festival productions are “bare-bones” in nature, with elemental light and sound capabilities along with limited costumes and props. A standard number of set pieces will be made available to directors such as chairs, tables, sofas/couch, door/doorframe, and the like. To the extent necessary, the play program will provide additional information to assist the audience in understanding the setting. The Festival Committee reserves the right to take into consideration in the selection process script production requirements of a more demanding nature. Also, if a play is selected that requires unique costumes or props, the director may request the playwright provide these items in a timely manner.

Thank you for all of the festival submissions this year!

34th Bryan Harnetiaux Playwrights’ Forum Festival Timeline

Play Submissions Due:
January 15, 2024

Plays Selected:
February 2024

Director Submissions:
March 2024

Festival Auditions:
April 15 – 16, 2024

34th Playwrights’ Forum Festival:
June 13 – 16 2024