PlayFest Santa Barbara


PlayFest Santa Barbara stages professional theatre readings, workshops and promotes original new plays, musicals, new translations and adaptations of classics by emerging and established writers. We provide theatre lovers with the opportunity to attend performances, lectures, interviews, and master classes with some of the world’s leading artists. PlayFest takes place in Santa Barbara, California, the “American Riviera”.

Artistic Directors, Jeff Meek and R. Michael Gros.

Our 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.  

Check out a clip from our PlayFest Play Party! “Apple Season”, by E.M.Lewis, actors – Rebecca Staab and John Walcutt. Directed by Jeffrey Meek.

“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