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2018 Fertile Ground Festival to Feature Theatre, Circus Arts, Improv, Dance and More


2018 Fertile Ground Festival to Feature Theatre, Circus Arts, Improv, Dance and More Now in its ninth year, the 2018 Portland-grown Fertile Ground City-Wide Festival of New Works continues to flourish in a town of prolific playwrights, abundant actors, innovative dancers, talented designers and adventuresome producers.

FG18 welcomes new "acts of creation" from Portland's artistic community that will thrive on stages, nooks and crannies all over the city for 11 days from Thursday, January 18 to Sunday, January 28, 2018.

Fertile Ground is an incubator for new work in all forms and stages of creation offering theatre and dance, workshops, staged readings, readings and multidisciplinary events - for 11 days, at all times of the day. Offering an astonishing breadth of creative work are seasoned theatre and dance companies alongside spunky, young art-creators of every ilk. A full list of Fertile Ground 2018 events can be found here.

FG18's myriad of new works span theatre in long and short form, musical theatre, circus arts, sketch and improvisational comedy, animation, a wide variety of dance disciplines, social action through the arts, as well as the voices of youth, lesser heard voices and shows that are derived from audience participation. In addition to seasoned producers, dozens of emerging young producers, playwrights, choreographers and animators are also choosing to offer their work in this collaborative Portland showcase festival.

"Fertile Ground offers a place where everything that can be created by Portland artists is welcome," said Nicole Lane, Fertile Ground Festival Director. "The aim of celebrating the creation of new work by Portland artists however they'd like to share it, and a training ground for new producers and Producing Artists. It is also a chance to inform audiences about the creation process, and to introduce Festival supporters to new artists, companies and a variety of art forms. This uncurated festival is like none other, it offers artists and audiences the opportunity to explore the wilds of art-making in a plethora of genres and at every point in the process."

Key producers for the 2018 Festival include Artists Repertory Theatre with the world premiere of Magellanica, Milagro with the world premiere of Bi-, along with works from regularly producing companies like Echo Theatre Company, Lakewood Theatre and Theatre Vertigo alongside emerging theatre companies, individual playwrights and choreographers. For FG18, Polaris Dance Theatre will again present the "Groovin' Greenhouse" with a variety of choreographers and dance groups. PDXPlaywrights will present 12 new works events and Artists Rep will present eight lunchtime readings and one 6pm staged reading in partnership with LineStorm Playwrights.


Fertile Ground Festival of New Work 2018

Presented by the Portland Area Theatre Alliance

Dates: January 18-28, 2018

Venue: Citywide, check website or Festival Guide for locations

Tickets: All ticket information at
Individual event tickets sold through each producer

All can be accessed through

Festival Passes: $50 - all-access event reservations -

Description: 100+ "acts of creation" by Portland artists in an 11-day Festival. Patrons can purchase individual tickets to each show or buy a $50 all-access Festival Pass.

2018 Festival full event listings and descriptions can be found at

Printed Festival Guides are available in many theatre lobbies including Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Lakewood Theatre, Bag & Baggage, among others, or digitally at

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