Boise Contemporary Theater Receives $30,000 Grant for BIPOC Playwright’s Festival

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May 4, 2021 – Boise, ID – Boise Contemporary Theater (BCT) is thrilled to announce that
the Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation (IWCF) is awarding BCT $30,000,
establishing IWCF as founding sponsors of the First Annual BCT BIPOC Playwrights
Festival.

“BCT’s mission is to inspire our community to examine our perspectives and better
ourselves, each other, and the world around us by creating thought-provoking stories of the
human experience,” says Festival founder and BCT Producing Artistic Director Benjamin
Burdick. “What better way to adhere to those ideas than by bringing new stories, penned by
artists from all over the country to Boise? BCT is committed to ensuring that all aspects of
the human experience are explored on our stages.”

IWCF Board President, Christine Avey added, “The goal of the Idaho Women’s Charitable
Foundation is to foster educated philanthropy through collaboration and pooled resources
to positively impact our community. Boise Contemporary Theater is known for it’s inclusive
and innovative storytelling, and this is one of the reasons our members selected their BIPOC
Festival as a grantee this year.”

The Festival will take place over two weeks in August 2021. The playwrights, directors, and
actors will use the first week to workshop these brand new plays. The workshops will then
culminate in staged readings at The Morrison Center during the second week of the festival.
“One of the most exciting aspects of this Festival is our collaboration with the Morrison
Center,” said Festival Director Lily Yasuda. “Through the incredible generosity of the
Morrison Center Endowment Fund, the readings of these brand new works will have a huge
reach in the festival’s inaugural year. Furthermore, the size of the theater, and the
experienced staff at the Morrison Center will help us to ensure the safety and health of
patrons as we start to gather again to share in the joy of live theatrical experiences.”

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BCT’s BIPOC Playwrights Festival will take place August 2 – 14, with readings open to the
public August 9-14. Details on times and tickets will be available soon. Submissions from
BIPOC Playwrights for consideration should be sent to [email protected]

Information about Boise Contemporary Theater is available at BCTheater.org.