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Applications for Fertile Ground 2021 are now closed.  

Thank you to all who applied!

2021 Fertile Ground Producer Information

The Fertile Ground Festival of new works will be held January 28 - February 7, 2021.

For more information, on events and Festival Pass Donations please visit www.fertilegroundpdx.org.

This year's Fertile Ground will be a virtual event. Pre-recorded “acts of creation” submitted by producing organizations and artist-producers will be presented. Recorded “premieres” will be live-dropped at scheduled intervals over the course of the 11-day festival, and streamed on Fertile Ground’s Facebook and YouTube channels. 

Diverging from the past 11 years, FG21 will be curated with attention to the inclusion of under-represented communities, a desire to select interesting and culturally relevant “acts of creation,” and projects that pay specific attention to an innovative concept for a recorded piece intended for a digital media platform. Fertile Ground is seeking submissions from a wide range of artists on a variety of topics and welcomes an array of artistic genres and disciplines.

In addition, Fertile Ground was recently awarded Regional Arts & Culture Council Equity & Access Funding. These funds are intended to formalize and expand our initiatives to address equity and access barriers to participation in the festival that exists for underrepresented artists.  Five artist/producers will receive a $500 GROW Award to be used in production of their Fertile Ground project.  Click here for more information and to apply for the GROW Award. 

A curation panel has been formed, comprised of individuals whose identities encompass a spectrum underrepresented voices, along with Fertile Ground and PATA representatives. This decision-making body will curate Fertile Ground 2021.

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Important Dates  

8/1/20 Application Submissions Begin

9/4/20 Application Deadline

11/1/20 Marketing Materials Deadline 

Read our Fertile Ground FAQs for more info or email fertileground@portlandtheatre.com


Nicole Lane, Festival Director

Dre Slaman, Managing Director

Sara Jean Accuardi, Committee Chair (PATA Board Member, Secretary)

Matthew Miller, Committee Member (PATA Board Member, Vice President)

Alec Lugo, Social Media Manager

TS McCormick, Technical Director

Jessica Gleason, Website & Graphic Design

Gary Corbin, Festival Pass Coordinator/BOT Specialist

Jenni Green-Miller, Volunteer Coordinator

Maddie Odegaard, Marketing Assistant

Lilo Alfaro, Fertile Ground Archivist

Chris Rentzel, Photographer

Trisha Mead, Founder

Committee at large:  Carol Kimball, Nancy Matthews, Karen O'Donnell Stein, Scott Stephens

Portland Area Theatre Alliance

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