The PlayFest Awards

PlayFest Vision

Our goal is informed by our commitment to performing arts virtuosity.  We aim to create a haven for diverse artists to develop and celebrate classic and contemporary literary and musical works from conception to completion.

Tennessee Williams


  • $3,000 cash award to the top three selected plays or musicals.
  • A professional staged reading of the selected plays or musicals.
  • Our fourth selection will be granted Honorable Mention and free admission to PlayFest Santa Barbara.
  • Transportation and accommodations will be provided for all selected playwrights or composers/librettists.
  • Media appearances, along with conducting interviews, seminars and workshops will be part of the residency.
  • The selected playwrights and composers/librettists may be asked to participate in a project development workshop sometime during the summer following the festival. The honorees will be working with a professional dramaturge, director, and an assembled Equity cast.