NewPlayFest 2018 Theatres

2018 Producing Theatres

Congratulations to these six theatres selected to produce the winning plays of AACT NewPlayFest 2018. These Producing Theatres will read scripts that make it to the final round, select the winning plays, and produce the world premiere of the winning plays between June 2017 and December 2018.

Cottage Theatre
Cottage Grove, Oregon, Region IX
Cottage Theatre produces a year-round main season of six productions and serves an annual audience of more than 10,000. From the humble beginnings under an Army surplus parachute on the lawn of a local motel in 1982, Cottage Theatre now performs in its own 150-seat facility that was built with community support in 1998 and expanded in 2006. During the summer, theatre camps are offered for children ages 5 through 14. It prides itself on being an organization fueled by volunteers. All personnel, from actors to directors to set painters to lighting designers to ushers, are volunteers.

Stage III Community Theatre
Casper, Wyoming, Region VII
Stage III opened in a small, rented storefront over 35 years ago. It has evolved into Casper, Wyoming's largest community theatre. Stage III now owns its building and produces a minimum of six main stage shows, a Renaissance Faire, dinner theatre, and a variety of community programs each year. From the classics to the latest Broadway hits, and even original works by Casper playwrights, Stage III has been bringing professional quality live theatre to the greater Casper area for over 33 years. Each production is made up entirely of volunteers, including producers, directors and actors, set builders, sound and light technicians, ushers, box officers, and backstage crew.

The Vortex Theatre
Albuquerque, New Mexico, Region VI
Vortex Theatre logoFounded in 1976, The Vortex Theatre is New Mexico's oldest continually producing black box theatre, producing an average of ten plays per year, and a pioneering venue for classic, contemporary, and cutting-edge theatre. The theatre continues to entertain audiences with some of the city's finest stage productions, from local and national premieres to new interpretations of classic works. Recently, educational programs have expanded with development of programs for students ages 8 - 17, and for seniors.

County Seat Theater Company
Cloquet, Minnesota, Region V
The County Seat Theater Company has been producing top-notch theatre in Carlton County since 1987. In 2008 the nonprofit organization moved into its current facility, the Encore Performing Arts Center and Gallery. The Arts Center includes a space for local artists to showcase their work and provides the community with a full season of plays, concerts, and events. The theatre produces four to five adult productions throughout each year. It also produces children's theatre four weeks during the summer, allowing over 160 youth to participate. An additional week dedicated to teen theatre allows 30 more teens to perform.

Lincoln Community Playhouse
Lincoln, Nebraska, Region V
The roots of the Lincoln Community Playhouse are deep. Lincoln Community Playhouse has produced plays for 70 consecutive years. After performances in hotels, a bathhouse, and a synagogue, the Playhouse built a theatre in 1971. In 1976 the Playhouse opened The Gallery Theatre, and in 1980 opened The Children's Theatre. The Playhouse produces an eight-play season, but is now most noted for its outreach programs that feature Title I school shows, a senior group, and the Penguin Project.

Elkhart Civic Theatre
Bristol, Indiana, Region III
Elkhart Civic Theatre logoEstablished in 1946 as the "Elkhart Little Theatre," Elkhart Civic Theatre was incorporated in 1960 and bought their current home, The Bristol Opera House, in 1961. Built in 1897 as the town post office/barbershop/gymnasium/theatre, the building now operates as a year-round, community theatre seating 191 patrons. Elkhart Civic Theatre produces a six-show season, mixed with musicals, comedies, and dramas, plus two youth theatre (ECTeam) productions as well as concerts, classes, and cabarets rounding out the year.

Theatre Responsibilities

  • 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

AACT will 

  • 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.
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