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Alumnae Theatre Company’s New Ideas Festival (NIF) is an annual, three-week juried festival of new plays, works-in-progress and experimental theatre. Each week a different program of four plays and a workshopped reading on Saturday at noon is presented. The 2018 festival will run from March 7 to 25, 2018 as part of Alumnae Theatre Company’s 100th anniversary season.

NIF offers dramaturgical support, rehearsal and production space, technical support, access to Alumnae Theatre’s costume and props collections, publicity and sold-out houses.

NIF is now accepting scripts and proposals for the 2018 festival. Deadline for submissions is September 5, 2017; September 10 for Alumnae members. Preference will be given to Canadian scripts and scripts with challenging roles for women of all ages. NIF welcomes voices from diverse communities. We invite you to submit your own play or pass this information along to a playwright you think may be interested.

Submission Guidelines
Submit scripts or proposals electronically in PDF or Word format to Scripts must be original works not previously performed outside of a workshop. They may be any genre or style, with a running time of 10 to 40 minutes; one act of a full-length play may also be accepted for production. Longer submissions will be considered for a reading, which will showcase the script development accomplished during the rehearsal period. Each playwright may submit a maximum of two scripts.

No identifying information should be on the script/proposal; please include a cover page providing: • play title; • list and description of characters (including age); • short play synopsis (max 50 words). Send a separate contact page with the play title, playwright’s name and contact information, and a short bio (75 words or less). NIF does not provide feedback on submissions.

The 2018 festival lineup will be announced in early November, followed by a creative exchange on November 5 to meet and choose directors, and cold reads of all chosen plays on December 6 to 9. Playwrights must be available for the creative exchange and at least one of the December cold reads. For more information, visit

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