NextGen Submissions

Next Act!, now in its ninth year, is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s (theREP) commitment to the development of new work. At the same time, the weekend-long summit is designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s rich diverse populations. Next Act! New Play Summit 9 will take place June 22-25, 2020. In addition to the summit’s readings of four never-before-produced full-length plays, there are two events for young writers: The Young Adult Event, for burgeoning playwrights – nationwide – aged 19-25; and the New Voices Event, which features readings of the top ten 10-minute plays from theREP’s local Young Playwright Contest. (For info on the Young Playwright Contest click here.)


The submission process is closed at present!



theREP is looking for scripts that use theatre to address injustices, inequities, and cultural collisions, providing a voice for the unheard on stage, in the workplace, the Capital Region and beyond. Scripts that engage art and social justice.

Accepting short (30minutes or less) plays only.
(No Musicals.)
Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces encouraged.
Comedy and Drama welcome!


Playwrights must be 19-25 years old at the time of submission.

Eligible plays cannot have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed. No more than 7 characters. (Please do not submit works in which actors play multiple roles, unless it is a device used to illuminate generations.)

Plays previously submitted to Next Act will not be considered.

Agent and non-agent submissions accepted.


Playwrights should submit a short one-paragraph synopsis – that illuminates the plays entire plot including its ending – followed by the script.

Email your submission to with YA SUBMISSION – TITLE in the subject line.

In the body of the email please include playwright’s age to verify they qualify for the Young Adult Event.

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Electronic submissions only.


Playwrights selected for the summit will be notified in May 2019.

Capital Rep is a professional LORT D theatre, established in Albany in 1981.