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    The Dorset Theatre Festival is a major player in the arena of world‐class summer theatre.

    From June to September, the Festival mounts 4 Main Stage productions drawing from some of this country’s most talented playwrights, actors and directors.

    Under the recent leadership of artistic director Dina Janis, the Festival is changing the landscape of regional theatre. Bold and innovative, Dorset Theatre Festival is garnering accolades for its commitment to new play development and is proud to encourage a new generation of playwrights to test their voices here. We discover new talent. We launch new plays that go on to national acclaim and the lights of Broadway. We mount regional premiers of Tony Award winning plays to bring the best of Off-Broadway to Vermont.

    The Festival’s summer home is an intimate theatre built from 2 pre- revolutionary barns. Opening its doors to local thespians in 1929, the Dorset Theatre became host to the professional Equity Summer Festival in 1976. Today the Dorset Theatre Festival is a rich cultural resource and integral part of the community. Whether we’re staging dramatic classics, producing great plays from the contemporary canon, or providing a platform for fresh new theatrical voices, the Festival is always pursuing its single mission: to create an environment in which our audiences can experience thought‐provoking, inspiring and entertaining live theatre.

    Through our Giving Back program and educational outreach we also even the playing field for underserved populations and families and bring them into the theatre experience. We partner with other non‐ profit organizations to support creativity, build community engagement and enrich the cultural landscape. Our goal is to make excellent theatre a shared community experience and inspire our audiences to think, laugh and feel long after the curtain falls.

    The Dorset Theatre Festival is a non-profit organization supported by individuals like you who believe that live theatre enriches our experiences as a community and connects us to what makes us human.

    Dorset Theatre Festival is proud to be a member of the following organizations, as well as working with many arts partners across the country to build a vibrant and sustainable future for the arts in all communities, serving all members of our society.

    Hills Alive So VT

    Theatre Communications Group

    National New Play Network


    The Lilly Awards

    Lark Play Development Center

    Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group

    Vermont Arts Council