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 10-years!

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 2021 Summit is now open through end of day January 31, 2021. 

For Full Submission Guidelines click HERE.

*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. Several plays will be selected from this submission process. to have virtual readings (with an eye towards a potential future production) during the annual summit in June 2021.

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!


The 2021 Next Act! New Play Summit will take place, virtually, in June 2021 – exact dates TBA.

Stay Tuned

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


Please consider making a donation to Capital Repertory Theatre so that we can continue the summit, work with playwrights on the development of new scripts, and produce world premiere productions on theREP’s Stage.

Text NEXTACT to 41444  or click here to make a donation.


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