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2022 Fertile Ground

Producer Information

The Fertile Ground Festival of new works will be held January 27 - February 6, 2022.

Fertile Ground 2022 will be in a virtual format. The festival will showcase new “acts of creation” submitted by producing organizations and artist-producers. 

Fertile Ground 2022 will be an uncurated festival! Though a tradition for many years this is a departure from Fertile Ground 2021. Being uncurated is a feature that is unique to our festival and want to provide a platform for all area artists to share their new work with new audiences.

We are continuing our work from last year to address equity and access barriers to participation in the festival that exists for underrepresented artists. Fertile Ground, with the GROW Panel adjudicating applications, will select 5 GROW Award recipients to receive $500 to be used in production of their Fertile Ground project.  Click here for more information about the GROW Panel and the GROW Awards. Applicants will register and apply for the award using the same application found below.

In addition to the GROW Awards, the panel will also identify GROW Panel selected projects for festival goers to recognize projects that represent participants and stories from underrepresented communities. 

Producers who present their work in Fertile Ground 2022 will have the ability to present their show on the platform of their choosing, with or without a paywall, and at the days and times they wish. Fertile Ground will publish and promote the information provided by the producers on the organization’s website and social media, offer ongoing training and support, as well as festival marketing and advertising.

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Important Dates  

9/13/21 Registration Begins

10/15/21 Registration Ends 

11/1/21 Marketing Materials                  Deadline 

Read our Fertile Ground FAQs for more info or email 



Nicole Lane, Festival Director

Dre Slaman, Managing Director

Sara Jean Accuardi, Committee Chair (PATA Board Member)

Jane Comer, Committee Member (PATA Board Member)

Wally Zialcita, Committee Member (PATA Board Member)

Samson Syharath, Grow Panel Chair (PATA Board President)

Open, Social Media Manager

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

(503) 449-6270


Mailing Address:

Portland Area Theatre Alliance Mailbox

Portland Center Stage at The Armory

128 Northwest 11th Avenue

Portland, OR 97209

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