Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) launches the second annual Northwest Florida Theatre Festival May 16-20.

When ECTC producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher developed the Northwest Florida Theatre Festival last year, it was to provide a “stage” — literally and figuratively — for local artists in the community. The festival will be produced in concert with the Cultural Arts Alliance’s Art Week South Walton.

“I believe that art breeds art. Our mission is to unify the theater and performing arts groups of Northwest Florida and showcase the talent, work, and productions of numerous organizations and people,” Fisher said.

The unjuried theater festival will feature 15 unique pieces of theater including one act plays, cabaret, magic, dance, comedy and more. Producing groups come from Pensacola to Panama City. Most pieces will be staged twice for a total of 24 performances.

The Northwest Florida Theatre Festival is open to the public and will be held at ECTC’s performance space located at 560 Grand Boulevard, upstairs, in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach.

Single tickets range $15 to $25 per show. All access passes are $100. For more details on each performance and to purchase tickets and passes to Northwest Florida Theatre Festival, visit www.NWFTheatreFestival.com.

The festival schedule includes:

Wednesday, May 16

• Jessie’s Messy Mind: Jessie goes inside the mind of mental illness with humor, honesty, and melody. She asks about what makes us human and often finds answers in the original music she plays. Messy Mind Productions 7 p.m.

• Poems for People Who Hate Poetry: Is modern poetry too maudlin? Too obscure? Too self-centered? Well sit down and buckle up because these tales will recall classic poems that explore human foibles or celebrate bawdy revelry. The Live Bard 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 17

 • An Iliad: An Iliad is a one man's retelling of the Trojan war and the clashing of its two greatest warriors, Achilles and Hector. Come see as one man relives that conflict over and over and illuminates the innate rage of mankind that drives him toward war.  9 Muses Theatre 7 p.m.

• The Agreement: Sal, a writer, and Jenny, an aspiring actress, dream and work for the day when their talents will be recognized and rewarded. Sharing a cold water flat, they have devised an agreement by which their love and their careers remain separate. But then, one day, Jenny comes home during Sal’s writing time, and he senses that a change has come over her … she is pregnant. Treehouse Productions 8:30 p.m.

Friday, May 18

• Brandon Styles — Celebrity Singing Impressions & Magic Show: Enjoy nearly 60 different celebrity singing and speaking impressions, comedy, dance, magic, ventriloquism and plenty of audience participation all performed by one man, Brandon Styles. This classy 60 minute show is family-friendly. Gulf Shores Entertainment Agency 6 p.m.

• Gardyloo: After two successful performances of “Half Full” at last year’s festival, The Tiny Warriors are proud to present "Gardyloo." Justin Duncan and Cana Strong return to the ECTC stage in this new, original work. The Tiny Warriors 7 p.m.

• Winston Churchill: Through the Storm: Prime Minister Winston Churchill reminisces about his life. Moving back and forth from past to present, Churchill recalls his worst and finest hours. House of Monkeys 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 19

• Favorite Fables: Join ECTC’s Home School Creative Dramatics class to celebrate the classic tales and humorous characters that reveal the clever truths of Aesop Fables. 9 a.m.

• The 10 Best/Worst Things About Middle School: Join a group of real life middle school students as they uncover the wonders/perils of numerous fond/traumatizing aspects of life as a middle school student. ECTC Jr. Thespian Troupe 10 a.m.

• A Tale Dark and Grimm: The Whole story of Hansel and Gretel: Join ECTC’s Creative Dramatics class on an adventure through the land of Grimm as they present Hansel & Gretel — including all the scary and bloody parts (but not too scary)! 11 a.m.

• Aerialists in Wonderland: A young girl who falls asleep in a meadow and dreams that she follows a White Rabbit down a rabbit hole. She has many wondrous, often bizarre adventures with thoroughly illogical and very strange creatures. Aerial Teen Performance Company from Aerial Dance Panama City 12 p.m.

• Teenaging is Hard: This is a quick skit comedy that deals with figuring out who you really are, meeting your girlfriend's parents and attempting your first kiss. Life can be tricky (and hilarious) when you are a teenager … Those Meddling Kids 1 p.m.

 • Poems for People Who Hate Poetry at 2 p.m.

• Winston Churchill: Through the Storm at 3 p.m.

• Mirrors: A man spends an evening with his ordinary family. Yet, is it ordinary? It’s ideal… but is it real? How far can a man’s mind bend to shield himself from the present, the past… or perhaps, the truth of himself? View from The Stage Inc. of Crestview 6:15 p.m.

• Gardyloo at 7:15 p.m.

• Musical Theatre Mad Libs: Mad Libs meets Musical Theatre. Singers perform popular musical theatre songs with substituted lyrics provided by the audience. Come laugh with us! Gulf Coast State College 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 20

• Teenaging is Hard at 1 p.m.

• An Iliad: 2 p.m.

• Jessie’s Messy Mind at 3: 45 p.m.

• Mirrors at 5:30 p.m.

• Musical Theatre Mad Libs at 6:30 p.m.

• The Heir Apparot: Brenda, the owner of a precocious parrot, has passed and left the bird to a skeptical new owner. This whimsical story follows the unlikely pair as they navigate life without Brenda. PB&J 7:45 p.m.