“[The Fire This Time Festival Season 6 Ten Minute Play Program] was a powerful evening of theater which easily provoked the audience to nervous laughter and directed anger.” – NYTheater.now, February 2, 2015, Ed Malin

The Fire This Time Festival was founded by playwright Kelley Nicole Girod to provide rising playwrights of African and African American descent a platform to write and develop new work. The festival was conceived as an opportunity for playwrights to write and produce material that reflects diverse perspectives as 21st century theater artists. Its vision is that demonstrating the “black theater” is not represented solely by one voice or style, and can advance varied perspectives, engage multicultural collaborating audiences, and engage a truly diverse audience community. The core program includes an annual short play production, staged readings of full-length works, panel discussions and other programs over a two-week period. Since 2012, the festival has expanded their audience base to Boston and New England.