Join Essential artists Emily McClain and Cameryn Richardson as they lead our audiences in fun and interactive theatrical games!
About Essential Theatre
Essential Theatre is the longest-running theatre exclusively dedicated to supporting Georgia playwrights. Since our first play festival in 1999, we’ve produced or presented 43 new works by 34 different Georgia playwrights, with readings of 50 more. The very first Essential Theatre Playwriting Award went to a then-18-year-old Decatur native, Lauren Gunderson, for her first full-length play.
“So proud to be an alumna of Essential Theatre, run by the inestimable Peter Hardy. They produced my first plays and basically started my professional career.”
-Lauren Gunderson, Decatur native, 2001 and 2004 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award Winner, and multiple-time Most Produced Playwright in America