Fertile Ground Festival of New Works is an 11-day festival featuring new performances by local artists including world premiere projects, staged readings, developing works, and a myriad of other arts events from the Portland creative community.
After a strategic hiatus, Portland Area Theatre Alliance is presenting its first in-person Festival since 2020.
Fertile Ground showcases new and local “acts of creation” at various stages in their development. In 2020, the Festival included 52 unique projects by 46 different producers, including fully staged world premieres, readings of new scripts, songs from new musicals, solo shows, puppetry, dance, circus arts, and panel discussions with local artists. In 2024, the Festival will expand to include local restaurants and bars near venues and invite them to offer a discount for Festival attendees.
“As a new leadership team trying to bring a beloved Festival back to full force and into a phase of new growth, the Scale Up grant could not come at a better moment, or more perfectly align with our objectives for Fertile Ground’s future: to showcase the wealth and diversity of our local performing arts community, and realize our founder’s vision of Fertile Ground as a destination event for exciting new ‘acts of creation’ and local culture,” said Tamara Carroll, director of Fertile Ground Festival of New Work.