NEXT ACT! Submissions

SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED. This page will be updated with submission information for the 2021 Next Act! New Play Summit in due course.

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 in the summer of 2020 (exact dates coming soon) and will feature readings of four never-before produced plays, with additional special events throughout the weekend.

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. Specifically seeking scripts with racial, ethnic, generational, religious and gender diversity. Scripts that engage art and social justice.

Accepting full length plays only.

(No Musicals.)

Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces encouraged.

Comedy and Drama welcome!


Eligible plays can not have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed. No more than seven (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 – both must adhere to the guidelines.

Submission Deadline: END OF DAY – Monday, September 30, 2019


Playwrights should submit all materials in one (and only one) document, either a Microsoft word document or a PDF file, via webform. This document must include: a short one-paragraph synopsis – illuminating the play’s entire plot including its ending; the character descriptions and the first ten (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!

Submit your Script:

Submissions are closed at this time!

Having troubles submitting? Email your submission to with 2020 SUBMISSION in the subject line.

A small stipend and limited travel allowance is available for playwrights selected.

Electronic submissions only.


Playwrights selected for the summit will be notified in February 2020.

Four plays will be selected to have readings (with an eye towards a potential future production) during the annual summit, which will take place in the summer of 2020 – exact dates TBA.

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

Cover photo:  AEA are as follows(L-R)L-R: Bianca Stinney, Rebecca Gibel, Sadrina Renee, LaVonda Elam