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Submissions and Eligibility

The New Voices Theatre Festival of The University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance is seeking stories from diverse and underrepresented communities.  

The New Voices Theatre Festival is accepting submissions of unpublished and unproduced full-length plays to develop during a summer residency that will culminate in a staged reading. One new work from the festival will be chosen to be mounted as a fully-produced production during the upcoming show season at The University of Alabama. 

During the summer residency, plays may be collaboratively developed in the rehearsal space.  

*The playwright must own all rights to their script.

How to Submit a Script

Submissions for the 2024 New Voices Theatre Festival is now closed. Thank you for your interest in the festival. Please reach out to Asterilla Monteiro at with any questions.

All scripts must be received by the submission deadline. Submissions entered after the deadline will not be considered. Please submit scripts as PDF documents only. Please submit scripts with no identifying information about the playwright. With the script, include a brief plot synopsis, cast size, and character list with description.  

At this time, all play submissions must be for full-length plays. Submissions may not exceed 90 minutes. Cast size is preferred to be between six to twelve characters. 

Musical submissions are allowed. Please submit digital version of score.  

***Musical submissions are allowed but must also include a digital version of the completed score for the entire piece.*** 

Who is Eligible to Submit

Any individual who has a unique and/or diverse story to share/tell that meets the submission requirements is encouraged to apply. Only one submission per individual.

How Are Submissions Selected

All submissions will be reviewed blindly and chosen by a script selection committee.  

Your selection status will be revealed no later than February 29, 2024. 

How Can One Become Involved as an Actor

Casting will be determined by the New Voices Theatre Festival Artistic Director. All directors and designers of the projects will be provided by the festival committee.