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One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.

Martin Luther King

About Stay Awake!

Our collective artistic work embodies the question, how do we empower artists and audiences to stay awake?


We pose philosophical questions, actively confront the status quo, empower unheard voices , and awaken change.

Production Gallery

Cymbeline 2018 Prism Festival - NYC
Prism Feastival - NYC - Second 2014 Prism Festival - Denver

A true artist
is not one who is inspired,
but one who inspires others.
Salvador Dali

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Stay Awake!


Lockdown: The First Six Weeks
What happened during the first six weeks of student lockdown in 2020? A glimpse inside the psyche of twenty college students who documented their lives as their world unfolded. The visual, aural landscape installation reminds us of the universal pandemic experience.

Opening at Gravity Gallery in North Adams, MA.
October 1, 2022.

Prism Festival Playwrights

Michael Licwinko

Michael Licwinko is an American-born playwright who currently lives in Mexico.

Jennifer Clements

Jennifer Clements lives in Washington, DC, where she writes for both page and stage. This year, her short plays have appeared in the DC Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival, the Source Festival, and the Act Out Theatrical Action Series.

PLAY: Glass Bottles


Atar Hadari

Atar Hadari trained as an actor at the University of East Anglia before winning a scholarship to study playwrighting with Derek Walcott at Boston University.

David Roberts

David Roberts began in off-Broadway theatre and became a 2016 Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor & 2013 ABFF Star Project Finalist.

Philana Omorotionmwan

Philana Omorotionmwan is originally from Baton Rouge, LA. Her writing frequently considers how the processes by which we are “othered” often restrict us from experiencing the fullest expression of ourselves.

Sheldon Wolf

Sheldon Wolf has worked in the arts his entire life: summer stock technical apprentice, prop master, literary manager, head of marketing and development for theatres and museums. His first play, Blizzard, was produced at the Lion Theatre, NYC, 1977.

Jae Kramisen

Jae Kramisen, a New York City native, had her first production at only fifteen years old. Since then her plays have had 50 productions across the U.S., Canada, England, and South Korea.

Marjorie Conn

Marjorie Conn (Actor/Playwright/Ventriloquist) made her acting debut with the late, great Ethyl Eichelberger as his leading man playing Aegisthus to his Klytemnestra with her lover, the late, incomparable Katy Dierlam as Electra.

Emily Atkinson

Emily Atkinson is a Chicago native currently based in the Boston area. She recently received her MFA in Playwriting from Smith College.

J. J. Steinfeld

Fiction writer, poet, and playwright J. J. Steinfeld lives on Prince Edward Island, where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a phone call from Kafka.

Greg Romero

Greg Romero’s plays, site-specific projects, and sound-art collaborations have been presented in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Dallas, Austin, Washington DC, Louisville, Baltimore, New Orleans, and in Canada, Jamaica, and Switzerland.

Rhea MacCallum

Rhea MacCallum’s plays have been produced on six continents. She is published with Smith & Kraus, Pioneer Drama, Original Works and Heuer Publishing. @rheaplaywright

PLAY: Asking for It


Francesca Pazniokas

Francesca Pazniokas is a writer and musician whose work has been produced in New York, Chicago, London and Melbourne.

Meagan Daine

Meagan Daine was born and raised in East Texas, whence she escaped at age 17 to become an ESL teacher, a “jolly” in a Roman dance club, a private investigator, and finally a writer.

Tiffany Antone

Tiffany Antone is a playwright, director, and the creative mind behind Little Black Dress INK (LBDI) - a female playwright producing organization.

Adriana Palangio

Eljon Wardally

Untitled Army Story - Lil and Benji, lifelong friends, magically meet under their favorite Weeping Willow to tackle haunting memories, explore unanswered dreams, and realize how lives are forever altered by war.

Caity-Shea Violette

Lily - Divorcees David and Susan, search for peace at their daughter Lily’s gravestone until David confesses his girlfriend is pregnant crushing all hopes of reconciliation.

Gina Femia

Nothing to Say - In the aftermath of a national tragedy Em and Audrey struggle to reconnect, face their inadequacy, and find selfless love.

Clinnesha D. Sibley

Gray - A slave master’s wife, desperate for love, convinces an alluring slave to help put the spark back into a loveless union.

Steven Young

Exit Caesar Chavez - A near fatal car crash with a homeless pedestrian causes a collision of race, economics, fear and power, driving Joey and Leonard to blows when confronted with the truth.

Thomas C. Dunn

No Good Deed - Agent Marta deftly interrogates criminal Carl Danbury, an ethical man trapped in a twisted society and struggling to sustain his humanity in a world that no longer values kindness, compassion, and charity.

Brent Englar

Wandering Poles - Piho finds Thala and Ursu in a zoo enclosure and sparks a tumultuous journey that catapults the captive bears into a serious recognition of their lives, redefining of relationship, and a painful parting.

Aleks Merilo

Tango Mike - Together, Kent and Jack, two retired servicemen, negotiate a series of personal crises, joys, and bad jokes in a life-long journey that ultimately captures the depth and value of true friendship.

James Still - When Lydia Hinkley Gives a Bird the Bird

A women’s literary club in 1859 confronts the sexual and gender politics of their day: marriage, love, independence, longing, betrayal, anatomy, and a certain nightingale which seems to dominate their lives.


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