Fertile Ground Portland

A Festival of New Works Blog

Fertile Ground Festival 2015 – FG15 January 3, 2015


Fertile Ground is a collaborative city-wide festival of new work that takes place each year for 11 days at the end of January throughout Portland, Oregon.  The festival was launched in January 2009 by the Portland Area Theatre Alliance to provide a platform for Portland theater companies to showcase their commitment to new work; and to invite visiting artists and theater lovers to discover for themselves that Portland truly is fertile ground for creativity, innovation, and daring acts of performance. The festival  showcases workshops, readings, and world premiere productions of theater, music, dance and comedy created and produced by the Portland performers and artists.

What Makes
Fertile Ground Unique. It’s inclusive and un-curated. Several theater companies across the nation host “new works festivals.”  Nearly all of these festivals present staged readings, works-in-progress curated by the artistic aesthetic of one company’s artistic staff. In contrast, the Fertile Ground Festival will present fully staged world premiere productions with a wide range of aesthetic perspectives ranging from Portland’s oldest and largest to its newest and smallest theatrical institutions – from adaptive re-use of one of the English language’s classic children’s tales to the very newest ideas stretching the boundaries of the performance form.

Festival Passes

Your $50 Festival pass grants you one admission to each and every festival project.  Buy Festival passes here: http://fertilegroundpdx.org/festival-passes—tickets.html.  Make ticket reservations here: http://boxofficetickets.com/bot/wa/event?id=292993

Participating in the Festival
Producers wishing to participate in the festival must register through http://www.fertilegroundpdx.org. To qualify, the project must be Portland-generated and a world premiere. Any stage of production from workshop reading to fully staged production will be accepted. For more information about participating, email nicolealane@comcast.net