Plan-B Theatre Company
Since 1991, Plan-B has developed and produced unique and socially conscious theatre created by Utah playwrights.
We share stories with a local point-of-view as well as global stories from a local perspective.
We nourish a pool of local playwrights to rival that found in any other city in the country.
We believe the best way to serve our community is to reflect it onstage – to create conversation, to provide an opportunity for patrons to think a little differently, to consider a point-of-view that may have been previously foreign, to listen in a way they may not have before.
We have produced nearly 100 world premieres, including Utah’s first by an African American playwright and first by an Asian American playwright. Nationally, five of these plays have been nominated for the American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Award for Best New American Play Produced Outside New York, four (soon to be five) have enjoyed extended lives in New York and two have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Fifty percent of our work since 2010 has been by female playwrights.
As noted by the Dramatists Guild of America, Plan-B is the only professional theatre company in the United States producing full seasons of new work by local playwrights. We are also the only theatre company in Utah history to have toured coast-to-coast, to have toured internationally and to have transferred an intact production off-Broadway. We are also the only Utah theatre company committed to producing at least one play of LGBTQ interest each season.
The Free Elementary School Tour (FEST) launched in 2013, offers free, in-school performances due to the increased difficulty public schools face in attending professional, off-site arts events. The Tour reaches 15,000+ students at 40+ schools in 10 counties each season.
The Published Anthologies of Our Work, launched in 2008, is the only such publication initiative in Utah history.
The Lab, launched in 2008, is an innovative artist community of 12 playwrights that allows us to build relationships with playwrights rather than plays. In 2017, we launched the Theatre Artists of Color Writing Workshop, the first such program of its kind in Utah history.
The Script-In-Hand Series, launched in 2004, features) free staged readings of plays-in-progress.
And we are honored to partner with The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists each season.
Plan-B is the proud recipient of many awards, including the International Center for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Award (2016, 2017, 2018), Utah’s Governor’s Organization Leadership in the Arts Award (2015), Salt Lake City’s Mayor’s Artist Award for Service to the Arts by an Organization (2015), Best Drama, United Solo Theatre Festival, New York for (ERIC(A) by Matthew Ivan Bennett; as well as Transgender Education Advocates of Utah’s Organization of the Year (twice), Human Rights Campaign’s Equality Award – Organization and Equality Utah’s Allies for Equality Award.