NEXT—Theatre St. Thomas’s new play festival showcasing a collection of fully produced scripts written by St. Thomas students and recent alumni—seeks to bring together artists from diverse backgrounds and communities to produce multiple perspectives on a shared question: What’s next?
Aspiring St. Thomas playwrights are asked to write a short play using “what’s next?” as the prompt.
Interested St. Thomas students should submit a completed script that would run 20-30 minutes with the expectation that the playwright will be available in the fall to workshop and rework the script with a dramaturge. Scripts should be performable by 6 actors or less.
Important: Your full name and contact information should appear with the play’s title only on the script’s cover page; the script itself should not include any trace of your name in order to ensure blind vetting. The script’s pages should include the play’s title as well as page numbers. A character list should appear on the script’s first page after the cover page.
St. Thomas students and recent alumni interested in directing one of the plays should submit a one-page letter of intent stating one’s experience and interest in directing. Shortlisted directing candidates may be contacted for a brief interview to discuss their interest. Directors must be available for preproduction in the fall of 2017 and an intense rehearsal period in January 2018.
Joint auditions for NEXT and TST’s fall show Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead will take place on Friday, September 15th and Saturday, 16th 2017 with potential callbacks on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Everyone is welcome to attend auditions.
NEXT will be performed in the Black Box Theatre from Wednesday, January 31 to Saturday, February 3, 2018 with evening performances and a Saturday matinee.
Get Involved
Please email script submissions (under blind cover as described above) or director applications to by July 31st, 2017. Questions may be directed to Robbie Lynn, Festival Producer, at
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