Mainstage Shows

The Mainstage 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, contact our Programming Chair at

The Write Now Challenge

Be a part of Alumnae's weekend-long playwriting challenge, culminating in publicly presented rehearsed readings one week later. 1 mystery topic, 1 ten minute play, under 48 hours to write it

Challenge begins Friday, Oct 13 @ 5pm
Plays submitted by Sunday, Oct 15 @ 12 noon
Public Presentation Sunday, Oct 22 @ 2pm in The Studio (invite your friends - it's FREE!)

Annie McMillan orchestrates this year's WRITE NOW CHALLENGE. On Mon Oct 16, she will assign writers, directors and actors into teams; they will be introduced electronically and provided their script. Playwrights must be available to attend the directed readings. Subject of the challenge must be adhered to. Rehearsals for the Public Presentation will occur on Sat Oct 21 & Sun Oct 22 (prior to 2pm presentation) in various spaces within the Alumnae Theatre.

To participate as WRITER, DIRECTOR OR ACTOR contact Annie at or (416) 735-4524.

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 playwriting issues. At times we also meet in smaller, weekly groups.

Partnering with directors, dramaturges, and actors, NPD organizes three annual showcases of new Canadian works:

  • Write Now! — A weekend-long playwriting challenge held in October that culminates a week later in a presentation of rehearsed readingsof all the entries;
  • Big Ideas — A festival of longer works held each May that includes directed staged readings with actors, as well as table reads.
  • Next Stage Reading Series —  A series of "semi-cold" lobby readings open to the public that runs throughout the year and aids in the development of works-in-rogress

Many NPD members also submit plays to New Ideas Festival, Alumnae Theatre’s juried three-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 two to three new works and a series of panel discussions on topics related to the plays.

NPD always welcomes new members. For more information on how to join the NPD and the meeting dates/times, visit our members-only site to contact the NPD coordinator.  To join NPD, you must be a member of Alumnae Theatre. If you are not yet a member, please join us and indicate on your registration that you would like to be included in the NPD.