Sixth Annual DivaFest: Spring 2016

April 1-10, 2016 in the Indy Eleven Theatre!


DivaFest is a juried playwrighting festival sponsored by the IndyFringe. Nationally, only 19% of published plays have been written by women. We are seeking to change that.

Over the years, DivaFest has fostered the growth of new works, new audiences, new performing companies, and new fringe festival shows. Julie Lyn Barber's "Madwomen's Late Nite Cabaret' premiered in DivaFest and went on to IndyFringe and Montreal Fringes. Julie Mauro's "Strip for Change" was a huge hit in 2012. Tiffanie Bridges was inspired by her 2011 appearance in "The Wedding Belles" to write her first show, "Is That Your Reel Hair?" which was presented in this year's festival.  Who will have the next hit show?

The importance of DivaFest:

  • Develop and present voices not often heard as well as showcase the work of established voices.
  • Help new playwrights learn the processes of play production: write the play, pass jury for acceptance, work with production team, market and evaluate.
  • Engage new and established audiences in the art and craft of production
  • Bring new excitement to theatre and grow DivaFest as a center for Indiana women playwrights.
  • Attract regional and national media coverage


Past DivaFest Finalists:

Alarmed - Bernadette Bartlett
Dash Thirty Dash - Amy Wimmer-Schwarb
Moment of Impact - Jessica Strauss and Julie Mauro
Winter Solstice - Amy Pettinella
Madwomen's Late Night Cabaret - Julie Lynn Barber
The Wedding Belles - Nicole Kearney
Castles in Spain - Claudia Labin
Seeing the Universe's Magic Through the Eyes of an In-Betweener - Mikki Randolph
15 minute plays: Scattered with a Chance by Jessica Strauss, Tamlane by Julie Lynn Barber, Deep in Love by Deborah Asante
Strip for Change - Julie Mauro
Voice of an Angel - Tiffanie Bridges
No Place Like Home - Claudia Labin
Chaotica - Christel Bartelse
Sweatpants and High Heels - Dija Henry and Denise Warnsby
Invitations - Sharla Steiman, Indianapolis        
The Jazzy Detective - Nicole C. Kearney, Indianapolis
Marilyn Monroe, Communist - Melissa Nussbaum Freeman, Provincetown, MA
Good Things Come in Small Packages -Tina Nehrling, Jan White, Gari Williams (Indianapolis)
Storytellers :
LouAnn Homan - "And she Lived Happily, Happily, Happily Ever After...Or Did She?"
Stephanie Holman -Move it or Lose it
Sally Perkins -Wise Mothers Lie
Frances Whitener -The Trip to Indy
Kosmic Karnival - Jan White, Indianapolis
IMAGINARY KYLE A Romantic Comedy -  Bernadette Bartlett and Jenee Lusk, Indianapolis
Royal Friends, - Rita Kohn, Indianapolis