Cohen New Works Festival, University of Texas

A festival taking place in spring of every other year

The Cohen New Works Festival is a week-long showcase of new work created by UT students held every other Spring in various locations in and around the Winship Drama Building and the University of Texas campus. It is not just an event, but a celebration of a continuously ongoing process–the creation of new work.

Inaugurated in 2001 as a ‘new play festival’, The Cohen New Works Festival was created and named in honor of David Mark Cohen, former head of playwriting within The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance. Cohen was killed in a car crash on December 23, 1997, but during his life, he was an adamant supporter of new work. In his honor, and through the generous and continuous support of the University Co-op, the Cohen New Works Festival continues to explore the endless possibilities of devised and collaborative new work with no strings attached.

Today, the Festival has evolved to include not just plays, but all mediums of student-generated new work. It is the largest festival of its kind, being run and organized entirely by a committee of graduate and undergraduate students, with the support of faculty co-producers.

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University of Texas (other)
between Guadalupe and Red River
between 29th and Martin Luther King Blvd
Austin, TX, 78712