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Monday, January 18, 2021


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Deadline: January 31, 2021 

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

NEXT ACT!, now in its tenth 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 10 will take place virtually in June of 2021 (exact dates coming soon) and will feature virtual readings of several never-before produced plays, with additional special virtual 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.)

Pieces written by and featuring BIPOC stories and characters encouraged.

Maximum of 3 actors (doubling is allowed if it works to illuminate the story).

Comedy and Drama welcome!


If you have submitted in the past, please note a few changes in the guidelines. To create a successful virtual summit – with the hope of finding a play the theatre can produce in the following season – several guidelines have changed.

Eligible plays can not have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed. Plays can have no more than three (3) actors (doubling is allowed if it works to illuminate the story).

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 – Sunday, January 31, 2021 


Playwrights should submit all materials in one (and only one) document, either a Microsoft word document or a PDF file, via email attachment. 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:

Email your submission to nextact@capitalrep.org with 2021 SUBMISSION in the subject line.

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

Electronic submissions only.


Playwrights selected for the summit will be notified in late March, 2021

No less than two 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 2021 – exact dates TBA.

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

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