2023 National Women's Theatre Festival

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2023 National Women's Theatre Festival

Our 2023 Festival comprises a Fringe, Conference and Family Programming that center women and underrepresented gender theatre artists.

By The National Women's Theatre Festival

When and where


Frank Thompson Hall @ NC State 2241 Dunn Ave NC State Raleigh, NC 27695

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About this event

  • 10 days 12 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Welcome to the National Women's Theatre Festival 2023!

Festival 2023 is The National Women’s Theatre Festival’s 8th annual celebration, collaboration, and affirmation of the need for gender parity and equity in theatre.

Festival 2023 will take place June 21 - July 1 at NC State University's Frank Thompson Hall in Raleigh, NC AND will be available via virtual livestream to participants anywhere in the world.

Register here for in-person and online Festival passes. *Tickets to individual WTFringe23 performances will be available in April 2023.

What is Festival 2023?

There are 3 main programs that comprise Festival 2023: WTFringe23, WTFCon23, and WTFamily23


WTF’s annual educational conference is a place for our community to connect and learn from and with each other; to advocate for our needs and the needs we see around us; to deeply, intentionally, and thoughtfully explore our work; and to surround ourselves with others who champion gender parity and equity in our field. More than a conference, our goal is for WTFCon23 to be a revitalizing self-enrichment experience for theatre artists and academics: an experience that involves humanity, belonging, and a shared sense of purpose, with opportunities to instigate and incubate.


A performance festival of 10-14 experimental, innovative, and collaborative works that push boundaries and embrace parity, spanning two weekends of the 8th Annual National Women’s Theatre Festival. Pieces are curated by a selection committee and chosen from our nationwide pool of submissions. Each individual piece may run between 20 and 90 minutes long with no intermission.


Programming that supports our caregiver artists and attendees with high-quality childcare and arts enrichment activities, allowing parents to focus on participating in or attending Fringe and Con events.

Festival 2023 Costs

Early bird tickets on sale now for $295. Tickets are also available at a half rate and a hardship rate.


National WTF endeavors to make our events and spaces as accessible as possible. Full Accessibility Guide for the Festival is forthcoming.

We are committed to providing captioning, ASL interpretation, and audio description for as much of the Festival as possible. If you have a request for an accommodation (such as any of these mentioned, sighted guides, large print or Braille print programs, etc.) or to share an access need you'd like for us to help support (such as providing a low sensory break space) please contact us at hannah@womenstheatrefestival.com at your earliest convenience to give us as much time as possible to meet your needs.


For general inquiries or questions, please contact info@womenstheatrefestival.com.

Festival 2023 is brought to you by:

NC State University Theatre, and funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission, the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Triangle Community Foundation's Cultural Arts Grant Program, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, and the Manbites Dog Theater Fund.

The National Women’s Theatre Festival is also proud to partner with Seed Art Share and PAAL, the Parent Artist Advocacy League.

About the organizer

The National Women's Theatre Festival (WTF) is a group of artists who seek to address gender parity, diversity, & inclusion in the theatre community. While we began as a women specific group of creators, we have realized and recognized that in order to truly work for and achieve gender parity, we must be committed to representing all historically excluded genders. Our name reflects our original intent, but we are committed to more than just cis women. We are committed to any theatre artist who does not feel their gender has been equitably represented either on stage or off in a traditional theatre space. We welcome you, we want to hear your story, and we want to see you on our stage.