Celebration of African American Playwrights
MAY 24/25/26 & MAY 31/JUNE 2/2
Applications Open : CLOSED
Applications Close: CLOSED
Playwrights notified: April 1
The 9th Annual OnyxFest is Indianapolis' first and only theatre festival dedicated to the stories of African American playwrights. The inaugural Onyx Fest in 2012 was developed in response to the lack of diversity on stage and in audiences of Indianapolis' theatres; except the IndyFringe Theatre. IndyFringe has actively worked towards embracing diversity in the Indianapolis theatre scene and these efforts have yielded fruit by working with African American playwrights to change the Indianapolis theatrical landscape of storytellers, actors and audiences at the IndyFringe Theatre. Onyx Fest is another step towards institutionalizing the IndyFringe Theatre's commitment to provide support and a performance venue that is inclusive of all playwrights who make up the Indianapolis community.
The importance of Onyx Fest: Develop and present voices not often heard and showcase the work of established voices. Engage new and established audiences in the art and craft of production. Bring new excitement to theatre and grow Onyx Fest as a center for African American playwrights.
Impact of Onyx Fest: Growth of new works, new audiences, new performing companies, new fringe festival shows. Imagine the new voices being heard – on stage in 2019.
What is OnyxFest?
Established in 2012, OnxyFest is striving to become, in the words of the late playwright, August Wilson, a festival that “informs its viewers of the human condition and its power to heal.” OnyxFest is determined to be the vehicle to promote and expose avid theatre goers to the voices and talent of new and emerging African American playwrights.
OnyxFest is Indianapolis' first and only theatre festival dedicated to the stories of African American playwrights.
IndyFringe developed OnyxFest in response to the lack of diversity both on stage and in audiences of Indianapolis' theatres. IndyFringe actively embraces diversity in the Indianapolis theatre scene and began working with African American playwrights to change the Indianapolis theatrical landscape.
The number of shows and performance slots varies from year to year.