Next Act!

Next Act! Is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s (theREP) 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.” At the same time, the weekend-long summit is designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s rich diverse populations, and has been doing that for the past 9-years!

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the 9th Annual Next Act! New Play Summit will be digital from July 13-16! Details below!

Upon watching any of the below Next Act events, please give us your thoughts! Download the feedback form below, fill out and email your completed form to
1. New Voices: Young Playright Contest Form
2. NextGen: Slam! Form
3. A Distinct Society Form
4. The First 15 Form

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 multiple new full-length plays are given readings.

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 all 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).

Among a variety of additional events are:
theREP’s New Voices: Young Playwright Contest Reading, that features readings of six or more ten-minute plays by Capital Region Playwrights aged 13-19.

The NextGen Reading, an event that includes two or more short (15-30minute plays) by writers aged 19-25. theREP works in collaboration with UAlbany and their Fresh Acts Festival for this event.

The First 15: Be a Literary Manager, a popular event where the audience acts as literary manager to assess a submission using the same criteria theREP’s actual reading committee uses.

A Synopsis Clinic, hosted by Dramatist Guild Member, Aoise Stratford, this clinic aims to provide playwrights with the most effective way to write a synopsis of their play so that Literary Manager, Artistic Directors and Agents WANT to read the play.

Stage2Screen, an event curate with two Capital Region Film Companies, Poorductions and Frosted Lens, Stage2Screen shows how some plays progress – or have another life – by becoming screenplays.

Thank you for your interest in theREP’s Next Act! New Play Summit! 

Please note that the submission process for the 2020 Summit – and the 2020 NextGen Event – is closed, and the 2021 submission process will not open until (or around) December 2020.

*If you are looking for theREP’s Young Playwright Contest please visit our School Page HERE

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.

2020 Next Act! New Play Summit Full-Length Readings
A Distinct Society
by Kareem Fahmy 
Meet Kareem – Click here!

The 2020 New Voices: Young Playwright Contest Winners
Grace Bombard (Loudonville Christian School), An Artist’s Hand
Jeremiah Choudhury (Loudonville Christian School), Just a Normal Friday
Megan Dellenbaugh (Bethlehem Central High School), Almost a Fairytale
Clare Reilly & Regan Roberts (Guilderland High School), The Deadly Dinner Party
Maya TerryStein (Shaker High School), Our New Colossus
Jasmin VanDyke & Jonathan Jordan (Coxsackie-Athens High School), A Series of Unfortunate Ideas

Meet the Young Playwright Contest Winners – Click here!

The 2020 NextGen Reading
SLAM! by Billy Feerick
Meet Billy – Click here!

The 2020 First 15
The Monroe Doctrine by Mark Scharf
Southern Haunt by Kathryn Walat
Wheel Woman by Vincent Delaney
Guenevere by Susan Cinoman

Meet the playwrights of First 15 – Click here!


Monday, July 13, 2020
7 p.m. | New Voices: Young Playwright Contest Reading 
Directed by Barbara Howard

An Artist’s Hand
by Grace Bombard
Just a Normal Friday by Jeremiah Choudhury
Almost a Fairytale by Megan Dellenbaugh
The Deadly Dinner Party by Clare Reilly & Regan Roberts
Our New Colossus by Maya TerryStein
A Series of Unfortunate Ideas by Jasmin VanDyke & Jonathan Jordan

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
7 p.m. | NextGen: SLAM! Reading 
Written by Billy Feerick
Directed by Tyaela Nieves

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
7 p.m. | Reading of A Distinct Society by Kareem Fahmy
Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian

Thursday, July 16, 2020
7 p.m. | First 15 Event
Directed by Leigh Strimbeck

The Monroe Doctrine by Mark Scharf
Southern Haunt by Kathryn Walat
Wheel Woman by Vincent Delaney
Guenevere by Susan Cinoman

Winning play of the 2020 Next Act! New Play Summit 9

A Distinct Society by Kareem Fahmy

Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
Dramaturge: Kimberly Colbourn

Peyman Gilani: Barzin Akhavan*
Manon Desjardins: Heidi Armbruster*
Declan Sheehan: Ashby Gentry
Shirin Gilani: Nikki Massoud*
Bruce Laird: Johnnie Mack
Stage Direction Reader: Mark W. Soucy*

New Voices: Young Playwright Contest 

Directed by Barbara Howard

Our New Colossus by Maya TerryStein

David: Jake Goodman
Leah: Madalyn Montgomery
Claire: Gabrielle D. Straight
Rose: Kristyn Youngblood*
Ensemble: George Franklin*, Ben Katagiri

An Artists Hand by Grace Bombard

Ruby: Rebekah Brisbane
Sunshine: Madalyn Montgomery
Doom: Gabrielle D. Straight
Content: Kristyn Youngblood*

Just a Normal Friday by Jeremiah Choudhury

Colton Jackson: George Franklin*
Jack Evans: Jake Goodman
Mr. Robert Colins: Ben Katagiri
Violet Wilson: Gabriella Straight

Almost a Fairytale by Megan Dellenbaugh

Alex: JJ Buechner
Narrator: Jake Goodman
David: Ben Katagiri
Emily: Kristyn Youngblood*

A Series of Unfortunate Ideas by Jasmin VanDyke and Jonathan Jordan

James: George Franklin*
Janet: Madalyn Montgomery
Ensemble: Rebekah Brisbane, JJ Buechner,  Ben Katagiri,  Kristyn Younglood*

Deadly Dinner Party by Clare Reilly and Regan Roberts

Eleanor: Rebekah Brisbane
Frank: JJ Buechner
Oscar: George Franklin*
Walter: Ben Katagiri
Narrator: Madalyn Montgomery
Beatrice: Gabrielle D. Straight
Francine: Kristyn Youngblood*


SLAM by Billy Feerick

Directed by Tyaela Nieves

Joe: Justin Friello*
Trixy: Adrian Kiser*
Jeff: Eddie Maldonado*
Kevin: Joshua Redfield*
Robin: Ryan Gregory Thurman*
Mizz Frizz: Diaka Kaba Hill
Stage Direction Reader: Laura Crawford

The First 15 

Directed by Leigh Strimbeck

The Monroe Doctrine by Mark Scharf

Crane: David Socolar*
Tedward: Mark W. Soucy*
Madison: Jalissa Watson

Southern Haunt by Kathryn Walat

Addison: Jenny Strassburg*
Ty: Julian Tushabe

Wheel Woman by Vincent Delaney

Anna Kopchovsky (aka Annie Londonderry) – Erica Tryon*

The roles of John Dowe, Albert Reeder, Young Woman, Landlady, Max Kopchovsky, Jacob (Annie’s brother) will be played by Ellen Cribbs, Elieen Schuyler*, Jenny Strassburg*. 

Guenevere by Susan Cinoman

Lancelot: Kent Burnham*
Arthur: David Girard*
Stage Direction Reader: Tony Pallone*
Guenevere: Yvonne Perry*

*AEA Denotes a member of Actor’s Equity Association

There are a few different ways to tune in to enjoy the Next Act! New Play Summit: 

1. theREP’s Facebook Page

2. Proctors Collaborative YouTube

3. On Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku – search and download the Collaborative Studios app.

4. Open Stage Media On-Demand Channel


In cooperation with Actor’s Equity Association, all readings in the 2020 Next Act! New Play Summit are part of a fundraiser for theREP’s new work development. No fee is required for viewing, but a donation of $25 is recommended to help the theatre continue to develop scripts and produce the world premiere works that have appeared on theREP’s stage over the past 10 years. Text NEXTACT to 41444  or click here to make a donation.


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