New Voices

Submissions are accepted each year for one act plays by young writers for Capital Repertory Theatre’s (theREP) New Voices event within the Next Act! New Play Summit 6. Submissions for 2018 are now closed. Look for a call for submissions in early 2019; deadline in the past has generally been sometime in the spring. 

New Voices, which received a pilot run in 2014 summit, reflects the theatre’s dedication to providing theatrical opportunities to students from elementary school through college. This particular NEXT ACT! event is dedicated to new works from the next generation of playwrights, and will include three to five readings of one act plays by student playwrights. 

This season’s Next Act! New Play Summit took place June 2-4, 2018.

Here are the eligibility rules from 2018 and are subject to change:

  • We accept 15-minute one-act plays by students ages 13-22. No musicals.
  • Entrants must be enrolled in school at the time of submission
  • Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces encouraged.
  • Comedy and drama welcome.
  • Previously submitted plays to NEXT ACT will not be considered. 
  • Playwrights must be enrolled in school at the time of submission

Congratulations to the six winning playwrights from the 2018 Young Playwright Contest!

Miss Muffet’s Cheese Buffet by Jashton Gieser

Reflection by Lily Jandrisevits

Bootstrap by John McCorkle

The Council by S. E. Vatalaro

Sweet Dreams by Aminah Wingfield

Expression by Ava Zuelsdorf

The 2018 New Voices Reading will feature the Top 10 Plays from theREP’s 2018 Young Playwright Contest. The finalists were:

Jashton Gieser; Loudonville Christian School

Lily Jandrisevits; Shenedehowa High School

Olivia Lawrence; Schalmont High School

John McCorkle; Troy High School

Emily O’Brien; Hoosic Valley High School

Oliver Price; Loudonville Christian School

Jonathan Van De Loo; Walnut Hill School for the Arts

S. E. Vatalaro; Shaker High School

Aminah Wingfield; Rensselaer Jr/Sr High School

Ava Zuelsdorf; Loudonville Christian School