OnyxFest 2020

May 23, 24 and  May 29, 30, 31. 

APPLICATIONS CLOSED FEBRUARY 14 

Stay tuned for the publishing of the OnyxFest show schedule!

2 weekends/2 theatres on one campus at 719E St Clair Street, Indianapolis, 46202

Celebration of African American Playwrights presented by Africana Repertory Theatre of IUPUI (ARTI) and IndyFringe Festival

Playwrights notified: Within two weeks of applications closing.

OnyxFest 2020 will showcase four to six original works of Black writers in Indiana during the month of May 2020. The best part of the arrangement is that all production costs - often the major stumbling block for new writers - will be covered by co-sponsors of the event. That includes the venue for performances and rehearsals, technical staff, marketing and promotion, props and costuming, stipend for the director, and talent fees for all performers. The amazing offer is made possible by IndyFringe Indianapolis in collaboration with the newly-formed Africana Repertory Theater of IUPUI (ARTI).

OnyxFest is Indianapolis' first and only theatre festival dedicated to the stories of African American playwrights.

Imagine the new voices being heard – on stage in 2020. 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 nine years ago to change the Indianapolis theatrical landscape. The number of shows and performance slots varies from year to year.

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 OnyxFest as a center for African American playwrights.

Impact of OnyxFest: Growth of new works, new audiences, new performing companies, new fringe festival shows.