PlayFest Santa Barbara

Welcome to PlayFest Santa Barbara

January 28 & 29, 2017!

Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29, 2017 marks our fifth play festival! Congratulations to PlayFest 2017 Honoree playwright, Diane Grant, author of The Last of the Daytons. For more information, visit the PlayFest 2017 page.

PlayFest Santa Barbara presents its 5th annual festival of new plays, joining forces with DramaDogs, Dramatic Women, and Speaking of Stories. The festival is a celebration of new plays, including readings of plays by playwrights from Santa Barbara and beyond. Festival passes are available for admission to all events, or individual tickets can be purchased for each event in advance or at the door. Pre-sale tickets for all events are available through the Center Stage Theater box office. Tickets also available at the door for all events except the closing reception.

Artistic Directors, Jeff Meek and R. Michael Gros.

Artistic Directors, Jeffrey Meek and R. Michael Gros.

Santa Barbara’s vision is informed by our commitment to performing arts virtuosity. We aim to create a haven for diverse artists to develop and celebrate classic and new literary and musical works from conception to completion. We are committed to providing an exciting and creative environment for artists to hone their skills and promote their talent with the support and guidance of the world’s leading professional theatre artists. We believe the cultural vitality of our community is enhanced and reflected by the creative depths of our storytelling.

Above all, we expect to be a credit to the communities we serve, a valuable resource to our audience, and a place where dedicated artists can grow and prosper. Toward this end, we will not only listen to our audience and artists, but also embrace the idea that PlayFest Santa Barbara is at their service. 

If you’d like to submit a play, head over to our Playwriting Competition Page for information on awards, judging and submission procedures. Any plays submitted now through October 1, 2017 will be considered for the January 2018 festival. 

“I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics but for our contributions to the human spirit.” John F. Kennedy