JAW Turns 20!
JAW 2018's "Big Weekend" of staged readings and other events will occur July 27-29. JAW is free and open to the public.
Please visit this page in the coming months for information about the festival lineup, other events and future submissions. Dates are subject to change.
Thank you for your interest in JAW! Script submissions are accepted annually in early November by invitation only, with the exception of playwrights currently residing in Oregon, who may submit with or without invitation.
Submissions for JAW 2018 have now closed. The festival lineup will be announced in May. Please join us in July for a spectacular sharing of new plays!
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In 2018, JAW: A Playwrights Festival will proudly present its 20th year of championing new plays and bringing invigorating theatre to Portland. For two decades now, each summer has confirmed for us the vitality of this ever-changing, crazy fun, wild world of theater when JAW (short for Just Add Water) takes over The Armory. The festival welcomes a handful of playwrights, whose scripts are chosen from nearly 200 annual submissions, to spend two weeks collaborating with directors, dramaturgs, actors, and other theater professionals from across the nation. During these workshops, JAW playwrights get to hear, revise, and sometimes completely rewrite their plays in a supportive environment where their creative needs set the agenda. The festival culminates in a vibrant outpouring of artistic energy, as staged readings of the JAW plays are presented to the public. Adding to the festivities are unique performances pieces from local artists of all disciplines. And the whole thing kicks off with an evening of work by the Promising Playwrights, high school students selected from our Visions & Voices program, who write and develop their own short plays alongside the professionals. Thousands of audience members join us annually to celebrate theatrical innovation and the enduring power of storytelling. See you there!
A series of dynamic performance pieces hand-selected for JAW that animate the building and engage audience members before every reading. Dancers, musicians, musicians and more pop up throughout the building adding to the vibrant festival spirit of JAW.
Community Artist Labs
Artists from across the nation conduct educational labs for our local community on a diversity of performance-related topics. Admission is FREE, but in order to maintain a high level of quality, attendance for each lab is limited and determined by random lottery.
The 20th annual JAW: A Playwrights Festival will kick off with staged readings of new scripts from Portland-area high school playwrights. Come ready to celebrate and socialize. These 10-minute plays by Promising Playwrights are selected from our Visions & Voices Playwriting Program, a residency program offered to Portland-area schools.
Just a few of the hardworking folks behind the JAW festival. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rose Riordan – JAW Festival Director
Kelsey Tyler – JAW Festival Producer
Brandon Woolley – JAW Festival Producer
Benjamin Fainstein – JAW Literary Manager
Will Cotter – JAW Festival Company Manager
PCS is committed to making our performances and facilities accessible to all of our patrons. Wheelchair seating, sound amplifying devices and large print programs are available for JAW. For more information, visit our accessibility page.