Play Submissions | Script Development
Call for Play Submissions New Ideas Festival 2020
New Ideas Festival 2020: runs March 11 - 29, 2020
Alumnae Theatre Company’s New Ideas Festival (NIF) is an annual, three-week juried festival of new plays,
works-in-progress and experimental theatre. Now in its 32nd year, each week has a different program.
NIF offers rehearsal and production space, technical support, access to Alumnae Theatre’s costume and
props collections, publicity and may arrange dramaturgical support. NIF encourages audience feedback on
the presented works, in written form and in talkback sessions following some performances.
When to submit
What to submit
How to submit
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Each playwright may submit a maximum of two different scripts.
NIF will confirm receipt of submissions within two weeks and scripts will be sent to the NIF Reading
Committee for review and selection. NIF will not be able to provide feedback on submissions. The 2020
festival lineup will be announced in November 2019.
List of Play Submissions & Script Development Opportunities
Alumnae Theatre Company is located in Toronto, Canada and has been staging adventurous theatre for over 100 years.
New Play Development Group
All Active, Lifetime and Senior Supporting Members of the Alumnae Theatre are invited to join the New Play Development (NPD) group.
We’re a group of women playwrights and dramaturges, at all levels of experience, who meet once a month from September through June to read and share our work, give feedback to each other, and discuss script and playwriting issues. At times we also meet in smaller, weekly groups.
Partnering with directors, dramaturges, and actors, NPD organizes 3 annual showcases of new Canadian works:
Many NPD members submit plays to New Ideas Festival, Alumnae Theatre’s juried 3-week festival of new plays held each March. Plays developed through NPD are also eligible for full production in November as part of Alumnae’s FireWorks, which features 2 to 3 new works.
How to Join the New Play Development (NPD) group:
To join NPD, you must be a member of Alumnae Theatre:
For more information on joining the NPD and the meeting dates/times:
The Main Stage plays are usually by established playwrights. However, any playwright is welcome to submit his/her script to our programming chair at any time for consideration.
The Mainstage season programming process occurs between June and October each year, with a season usually announced in November or December.
To Submit a Script for Mainstage Consideration:
Contact our Programming Chair at:
Writers' Intensive 2019 - Playwriting Masterclass with Colleen Murphy
September 14, 21 and 28, 2019
In this Writers' Intensive, students will work with Governor General Award Winning Canadian playwright, Colleen Murphy. This is NOT an introductory course, and is open to writers who are actively working on a play in development.
Saturday, Sept. 14, 21 and 28, 2019
9:30am - 12:30pm
Upper Trinity, Alumnae Theatre Company, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto.
Important Enrollment Info:
This course is open to Members and Non-Members of Alumnae Theatre Company.
$100 for Members, $125 for Non-Members. Tuition is non-refundable.
For further information please contact Joan Burrows:
This masterclass is now SOLD OUT.
If you wish to be added to the waiting list - Please email:
About Colleen Murphy:
Colleen Murphy is a playwright, filmmaker and librettist, born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec and raised in Northern Ontario. Her play Pig Girl won the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama as well as the 2014 Carol Bolt Award. The December Man / L’homme de décembre won the 2007 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, the CAA/Carol Bolt Award and the Enbridge Playwrights Award. Other plays include The Breathing Hole (short-listed for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), The Society For The Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius (winner of 6 Jessie Richardson Awards), I Hope My Heart Burns First, Armstrong’s War, The Goodnight Bird, Beating Heart Cadaver (shortlisted for a the 1999 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama), The Piper, Down in Adoration Falling and All Other Destinations are Cancelled.
Twice she won awards in the CBC Literary Competition for Fire- Engine Red and Pumpkin Eaters. Libretti include Oksana G., composed by Aaron Gervais for Tapestry Opera, and My Mouth On Your Heart, composed by August Murphy-King for Toy Piano Composers and Bicycle Opera, as well Tapestry Briefs, including Bring Me The Head Of Our President (c. August Murphy-King), Hydrophis Expedition (c. Benton Roark), The Snow Globe (c. Ian Cusson) and My Eyes Are Bright And Sparkly (c. Rene Orth) Her distinct, award-winning films have played in festivals around the world. They include Girl with Dog, Desire, Shoemaker and The Feeler. In 2010 and 2011, Colleen was the Canadian Playwright-in-Residence at Finborough Theatre in London, U.K.
She has been Playwright-in-Residence at Necessary Angel Theatre and Factory Theatre in Toronto, as well Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Regina in 2006/7, the Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence at McMaster University in 2010, Writer-in-Residence at the University of Guelph in 2011, the Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2014, the Lee Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Alberta, 2014-2017, and Writer in Resident at the University of New Brunswick in 2018. She was awarded a Chalmers Fellowship and, most recently, a Canada Council New Chapter Grant to write a new play Geography of Fire / La Furie et sa géographie.