SEP. 26 - OCT. 11 2020



Proteus Festival is The Z’s annual celebration of creativity. In keeping with the festival’s namesake, Proteus, the festival’s form shifts slightly each year. This year we are soliciting submissions in music, theater and film for featured performers. Each category features production, performance, and/or exhibition during the festival for selected submissions, along with juried awards and audience favorite prizes.

The heart of Proteus Festival remains the creative teams, ad hoc groups of artists who form to create a new artistic work during the festival. These works derive from a prompt revealed on the first day of Proteus Festival (hint: this year’s prompt will come from Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes). Proteus Festival concludes with the creative team’s performances on the final day. Throughout the festival, the creative teams receive support from both The Z’s team and Lead Artists in the creative fields of theater, music, and film. 

This year’s Proteus Festival is extended in scope and we are following state guidelines to ensure patron and performer safety. Proteus kicks off on September 26th and concludes on October 11th, with limited capacity in-person events each day and virtual (Remote Theater) ticketing options. Throughout, you’ll have the chance to catch world-premiere theater, brand-new indie films, and original music— celebrate creativity with us, whether in your best mask here at The Z or in your fuzzy slippers home on the couch!