Next Act!

The submission process for Capital Repertory Theatre’s Eleventh Annual NEXT ACT! NEW PLAY SUMMIT is now open! 

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.

The submission process for Capital Repertory Theatre’s Eleventh Annual NEXT ACT! NEW PLAY SUMMIT is now open! 

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.)

Pieces written by and featuring BIPOC stories and characters encouraged.

Maximum of 5 actors (doubling is allowed if it works to illuminate the story).

Comedy and Drama welcome!

For full submission guidelines and how to submit, please click here:

Submission Deadline: END OF DAY – Monday, January 31, 2022


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


The 2022 Schedule TBD.

Playwrights of the 2022 Summit TBD.

Cast List for the 2022 Summit TBD.

Stay tuned for more information on the how to watch the 2022 Summit.


Like last June, the 2021 Next Act! Summit is a fundraiser for the theatre’s new play development, with a suggested donation of $25.00 per reading.

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


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