Locally Engaged.
Nationally Relevant.

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Dorset Theatre Festival's mission is to create bold, innovative, and authentic theatre that engages a diverse, multi-generational community, and economically diverse region: enlightening, entertaining, and inspiring our audience through the celebration of great plays. We aim to redefine the landscape of theatre by presenting thought-provoking productions drawn from the new and classic canon, as well as through the development of new plays, new audiences, and new artists for the future of American theater. We produce theatre that matters.


Our 2018 Season promises to be inspiring, innovative, and excellent.  
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From the Young Playwrights program that brings professional playwrights into Vermont classrooms to an Apprentice Program that mentors 18 - 20 young theatre professionals every summer, Dorset Theatre Festival is committed to artistic education across all spectrums.

Dorset Theatre Festival’s New Play Development Programs work with playwrights from conception to production, providing an incubator to help nurture new voices to speak from their own experience, engaging ideas that come from and return to our community.

> View all of our Education Programs and Series







New Play Development

Did you know that only 22% of American regional theatre productions are written by female playwrights? (The Lilly Awards & The Dramatists Guild 2015 Study)

Through the Women Artists Writing Group, Dorset Theatre Festival cultivates female voices onstage for the new American theatre canon.

> Click here to learn more about the Women Artists Writing Group.

If you thought you knew everything about Dorset Theatre Festival, we invite you to think again by attending one of our nationally-renowned New Play Readings. New plays begin their lives at the Festival, and a new generation of playwrights tests their voices here before having their plays produced on Broadway and beyond.  We are extremely proud to have hosted over 70 playwrights in the past 6 years, developing over 90 new works, 18 of which have gone on to receive full productions or further development at some of the most prestigious venues in the country. Dorset Theatre Festival is redefining the landscape of regional theatre. We invite you to join us in growing new plays!

> Click here to read an exclusive interview with Dorset Theatre Festival's 2017 New Playwights.


Past Season Archives

From June to September, Dorset Theatre Festival mounts 4 main stage productions, drawing from some of this country’s most talented playwrights, actors, and directors. Each season, thousands of theatergoers make the Festival part of their summer arts experience.

Interested in Dorset Theatre Festival’s work?
> Take a look at the Festival’s production history