The Next Act! New Play Summit, a joint venture between Capital Repertory Theatre and Proctors, is an annual showcase of new plays designed to shed light on new play development. NEXT ACT! now in it’s seventh year, is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s commitment to the development of new work and directly reflects the theatre’s mission, “to create meaningful theatre generated from an authentic link to the community.”

The four-day summit brings playwrights, directors, actors and audience members together for a series of workshops and readings where no less than four new full-length plays are given readings. Among a variety of additional events is theREP’s New Voices Event that includes readings of five short plays by young playwrights.

The Summit was founded on the goal to find a play that theREP wants to produce – furthering the theatre’s commitment to the development of new work. To date, theREP has selected one play to produce as a World Premiere from every single Next Act! New Play Summit.

Officially formed in the fall of 2012, the Next Act! New Play Summit is made possible by a generous legacy gift from Samson O.A. Ulmann – a professor of English at Union College (from 1957-92).

Submission Process:
Submissions are now being accepted!
How to Submit
Playwrights should submit one document, as a Microsoft word or PDF file attachment. This document must include: a short one-paragraph synopsis – that illuminates the plays entire plot including its ending; the character descriptions and the first 10 pages (and only the first ten pages) of their play. Submission documents must be void of playwright’s name and contact information.
Submissions that do not conform to the guidelines stipulated will not be accepted.

Email your submission to with 2018 SUBMISSION in the subject line. (There is a spam filter on this email account to protect it from hackers. First time users please prove that you are human by following the link to ensure your submissions delivery.) Deadline – February 28, 2018

To be added to theREP’s Playwright Email List – which will ensure your receiving submission information when it becomes available each year– please fill out the form below:

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