NewPlayFest 2020 Producing Theatres
AACT NewPlayFest 2020 has kicked off with the selection of Producing Theatres. Each theatre will read scripts that make it to the final round, select the winning plays, and produce the world premiere of a winning play between February 2019 and July 2020.
Boise Little Theater
AACT Region IX
100 E Fort St, Boise, Idaho 83712
Boise Little Theater (BLT) is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization with an unwavering dedication to quality amateur theatre and has been continuously running since 1948. After the theatre building burned in 1956, plays were produced in donated spaces throughout Boise until 1958 when a new theatre was built in the Fort Boise area of Boise City. This unique round theatre has become a city landmark. BLT currently produces seven shows per season beginning in September and running into June. BLT also produces an annual Youth Summer Theater Program encompassing ages 10-18 with Boise City Parks and Recreation.
Manatee Performing Arts Center
AACT Region IV
502 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, Florida 34205
In late 1947, several aspiring actors who also were members of the Bradenton Junior Women’s Club organized a community theatre group known as Manatee Players. Continuously operating for 70 years, The Manatee Players have grown into a beautiful new performing arts facility with two stages, The Manatee Performing Arts Center, which opened in 2013. Providing diverse and enriching opportunities for the entertainment and education of residents and visitors to the Gulf Coast of Florida, the organization produces a Broadway Series of eight shows, Action Through Acting Series of six shows, Camp Productions of four musicals, two new works per season, and Senior Theatre productions.
Phoenix Stage Company
AACT Region I
133 Main St, Oakville, Connecticut 06779
Phoenix Stage Company was founded in 2010, and since has produced over 70 full stage productions. Phoenix Stage Company recently moved into a new 152-seat performance space. It promotes new plays by new playwrights with its New Works Project and a One Act Festival featuring original short plays as part of its annual season. In 2014, Phoenix Stage Company produced the world premiere of Jellofish by Jim Henry as a part of the AACT NewPlayFest.
AACT Region VI
221 W Parker Rd, Plano, Texas 75023
Founded in October of 2000, Rover Dramawerks presents treasures, new and rediscovered: theatre “off the beaten path.” For the first five years, Rover Dramawerks was homeless and “roving.” In 2006, Rover Dramawerks became the resident theatre company at the newly opened Cox Building Playhouse. Due to increasing rent, the board chose to find and design its own theatre venue which opened in February 2014 in the Ruisseau Village Shopping Center. In addition to a season of six mainstage shows, Rover Dramawerks presents a 365 Women a Year festival, an annual 10-minute comedy contest, a One Day Only 24-hour play festival, a murder mystery dinner theatre, and two youth plays for actors ages 10-18 each season.
AACT Region III
240 E Chicago St, Jonesville, Michigan 49250
Started in 1961 as the "Broad Street Players,” the organization purchased the former Jonesville Opera House in 1971 and converted it into what is now the Sauk Theatre. The Sauk, also known as Hillsdale Community Theatre, produces a five-show mainstage and a three-show SaukSeconds season and hosts both a local improvisational troupe and a professional Shakespeare company annually. Each summer, Plays-in-Development readings are produced; a program created in 2015 to give local playwrights an opportunity to workshop their plays. The program expanded nationally and, in 2018, internationally. New plays are also presented as part of the annual Sauk Shorts, an evening of 10-minute plays. In addition, local schools and a local children’s theatre company use the theatre for their productions. An annual series of workshops is offered ranging in topics from stage combat, to improv, to understanding Shakespeare's texts.
Tacoma Little Theatre
AACT Region IX
210 N I St, Tacoma, Washington 98403
Founded in 1918, Tacoma Little Theatre (TLT) is a historic live theatre employing professional standards of excellence and has been at its present home in Tacoma's Stadium District for over seventy years. TLT produces seven main stage productions, seven staged readings, youth productions, three four-night Murder Mystery Dinners, and other special events annually. Educational programs include three four-week summer camps, six after school programs, a home school theatre program, group dance lessons, and improv lessons. TLT also has a resident improv group and a resident burlesque group. A small professional staff and a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors manage the theatre.
NewPlayFest productions are the result of a working partnership between AACT and the Producing Theaters:
- Provide documentation of nonprofit status
- Rank the plays that reach the final round, indicating your top choices for a production at your theatre
- Provide a fully realized production between June 2015 and December 2016. A full production includes casting, rehearsing, and staging (costumes, lights, set design, props) of the script.
- Present at least three (3) performances of the work
- Pay a royalty of $25 per performance to the playwright
- Bring in the playwright for a rehearsal or a performance
- Advertise the production as part of AACT NewPlayFest
- Sign contract agreeing to these responsibilities
- Maintain AACT Organizational membership
- Select and announce producing theatres
- Conduct national new play contest, including script solicitation, recruitment of readers, tabulation of scores, and announcement of winners
- Execute contracts for producing theatres and playwrights
- Guide theatres in working with playwrights
- Compile and publish a calendar of AACT NewPlayFest productions
- Provide national advertising via websites, e-promos, social media, and news releases
- Provide news release templates and guidance (as needed) for local promotion
- Seek sponsorships or grants to help fund AACT expenses and/or theatre production expenses.