Next Act!

Next Act! 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! 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.” Click here for details on the submission process.

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the 9th Annual Next Act! New Play Summit will be digital! More details to come but mark your calendars for June 22-25.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Young Playwright Contest:

  • Grace Bombard (Loudonville Christian School), An Artist’s Hand
  • Jeremiah Choudhury (Loudonville Christian School), Just a Normal Friday
  • Megan Dellenbaugh (Bethlehem Central HS), Almost a Fairytale
  • Clare Reilly & Regan Roberts (Guilderland HS), The Deadly Dinner Party
  • Maya TerryStein (Shaker High School), Our New Colossus
  • Jasmin VanDyke & Jonathan Jordan (Coxsackie-Athens HS), A Series of Unfortunate Ideas

More Next Act Event Announcements Coming Soon!

Next Act! Submission Process
The submission process for the Next Act! New Play Summit begins early in the year. 

theREP looks 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. Submission documents must be void of playwright’s name and contact information. Two plays will be selected from this submission process. to have readings (with an eye towards a potential future production) during the annual summit.

Next Act! New Play Summit
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. 

The 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. The public is invited to attend and provide feedback during these events.

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).

(Pictured: AEA Actor, Joshua Redfield and local actress Emily Curro.)