Essential Theatre Inc

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Celebrating 25 years!

2024 will be the 25th Anniversary of the Essential Theatre Play Festival, and it promises to be our busiest and most exciting lineup yet! Help us celebrate 25 years of supporting Georgia playwrights this Georgia Gives Day!

Essential Theatre has been supporting Georgia playwrights and presenting new plays to Atlanta audiences since 1999. In fact, we are the longest-running theatre exclusively dedicated to supporting the work of Georgia playwrights. Since the first Essential Play Festival in 1999, we've produced or presented 43 new works by 36 different Georgia playwrights, with readings of over 50 more. Our very first Essential Theatre Playwriting Award winner, Lauren Gunderson, has been the most produced living playwright in America for several years running!

Lauren Gunderson, pictured here in an Emory Wheel article about our 2001 World Premiere production of her very first play, Parts They Call Deep

“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. Support them if you value new plays, Georgia artists, and intimate/vibrant theatre!” 

-Lauren Gunderson

The cast of our 2012 World Premiere production of Jordan Pulliam's Bat-Hamlet, which has seen another dozen productions nationwide since that time.

“Seeing my play, Bat-Hamlet, produced by the Essential Theatre was one of the greatest thrills of my life...The fine folks at Essential had the imagination, vision, and talent required to pull it off with style. To see it begin its eventual conquest of a nation’s imagination is a truly beautiful thing.”

-Jordan Pulliam

"There’s no motivation like having someone look at you and say, 'I want to help you make this great.'"  -Caleb Zane Huett, whose play The End of William Henry received a reading as part of our Bare Essentials Play Reading Series in 2015.

Essential's dedication to creating opportunities for Georgia's playwrights is unwavering, and our commitment to providing meaningful opportunities for our audience to connect with them and be a part of their creative process is tireless. Help us keep the lights on and continue to create new opportunities for Georgia's playwrights to connect with audience.

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