Utah 2018/19 Season In Review
Arts Express Summer Conference for Elementary Educators, 2018
Oliver Kokai-Means and his mother Jennifer Kokai at the 2018 Arts Express Summer Conference for Elementary Educators. Photo courtesy of Plan-B Theatre Company.

It may be surprising to some how much support there is for new work in Utah. Down south, the Utah Shakespeare Festival has made a series of staged readings part of its annual repertoire. Several university theatre departments across the state offer courses in new play development. In Utah’s capital, Pioneer Theatre Company (PTC) offers a series of new play readings as a supplement to their season.

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is member of the Plan-B Playwrights Lab. She is a 2018 recipient of the Smith-Pettit Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters. Mel is a playwright and also the DG Regional Rep for Utah.