Note: Script submissions for AACT NewPlayFest 2022 are being scheduled for spring/summer 2020. Specific dates will be posted on this website when scheduled. Information on the 2020 cycle remains here for review. The process will be similar, but dates will be adjusted for 2022.
Script submissions are CLOSED for AACT NewPlayFest 2020. Scripts were accepted March 1, 2018 - April 30, 2018
Click for 2020 Submission Requirements (for reference purposes only).
AACT selects member theatres to produce the winning plays (full-length, non-musicals that have never had a full production).
Volunteer Reviewers score the scripts, and those making it to the final round are submitted to the Producing Theatres, which select the winning shows to produce.
AACT works with the Producing Theatres to compile a festival calendar and a promotional plan, including social media, to encourage attendance at the productions and consideration of the winning plays for production by other theatres. Producing Theatres are responsible for providing a fully realized, world premiere production between February 2019 and July 2020, and bringing in the playwright for workshopping the script and a performance.
The theatre that produces a new play often contributes to the future development of the piece. It illustrates to the playwright what works or doesn’t work. The interpretations of the director and the actors may reveal insights into the work that even the playwright didn’t know were there. A first production allows the playwright to discover what may need to be rewritten to make it more effective.
AACT NewPlayFest 2020
AACT NewPlayFest 2020 Producing Theatres
Applications are CLOSED for Producing Theatres for AACT NewPlayFest 2020.
AACT selects member theatres to produce the winning plays. Producing Theatres will be responsible for providing a fully realized, world premiere production, and for bringing in the playwright for workshopping the script and a performance.
Scripts for AACT NewPlayFest 2020
Submissions are CLOSED for AACT NewPlayFest 2020. Scripts were accepted March 1 - April 30, 2018.
Be a Reviewer for AACT NewPlayFest 2020
Individuals are asked to volunteer to read and score the scripts. Each script will be reviewed and scores will determine the semi-finalists.
NewPlayFest in Print
Winning plays are published in an anthology by Dramatic Publishing Company. Click here to view the three current anthologies.
AACT NewPlayFest is made possible in part by a grant from the Jack K. Ayre and Frank Ayre Lee Theatre Foundation
Jack K. Ayre celebrated his 90th birthday before passing away in December 2011. At his birthday party, he sang with a barbershop quartet – one of his favorite activities – and celebrated with his cousin and lifelong friend, Frank Ayre Lee. Though as adults they lived on opposite sides of the country, the cousins kept in touch through letters that displayed a love for the written word and an irreverent sense of humor. Jack had participated in theatre productions at Drew University in New Jersey and at a community theatre in Connecticut in his younger years, and continued that interest when he moved to California. Mr. Lee was also an avid aficionado of theatre, and had dabbled in playwriting, adapting Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book for a children’s theatre production, and penning McSteg, a tongue-in-cheek discourse, ribbing his cousin Jack and based on a scene in Shakespeare’s MacBeth. The Jack K. Ayre and Frank Ayre Lee Theatre Foundation was created by the children of Frank Ayre Lee as a tribute to their father, who passed away in August 2012, and a legacy for the creative endeavors of Jack, who was an advertising executive and public relations director. The family is pleased to honor both men through a lasting legacy promoting new works for theatre through AACT NewPlayFest.