New Ideas Festival 2015 lineup, etc.

Auditions for the 2015 New Ideas Festival take place January 7-11. To book a slot, please see the instructions at

To brush up on audition tips, it couldn’t hurt to read this post from 2013 –

New Ideas 2015 imageAnd now – the lineup for the 2015 Festival.   Plays and writers and directors, oh, my!   The names in bold font are members of Alumnae Theatre Company.

 Week 1 – March 11 – 15, 2015

Inheritance by Tabitha Keast, directed by Matthew Hines

The Indigo Forest by Bridget Erin, directed by Sandra Banman

Lost Connection by Lindsay Finnie, directed by Zita Nyarady

Devices by Meredith Taylor-Parry, directed by Ingryd Pleitez

Saturday Reading: Surrender Dorothy by Liz Best, directed by Eric Benson.


Week 2 – March 18 – 22, 2015

(En)Lightning by Catherine Frid, directed by Sandra Burley

Canis familiaris by Carolyn Bennett, directed by Brenda Darling

Sandworms! by D.J. Sylvis, directed by Stacy Halloran

You Can Ask Me How I’m Doing by Norman Yeung, directed by Meg Moran

Saturday Reading: Buy My House by Natalie Frijia, directed by Emily Nixon.


Week 3 – March 25 – 29, 2015

Rowing, Onward by Eugenie Carabatsos, directed by Anne MacMillan

Grief Circus by Crystal Wood, directed by Kelsey Laine Jacobson

A Death and the Marias by Rose Napoli, directed by Clara McBride

Friends with Benefits by Neil Naft, directed by Donald Molnar

Saturday Reading: The Creases in My Sari by Sindhuri Nandhakumar, directed by Joanne Williams.


New Ideas Festival Co-Artistic Director Carolyn Zapf reported that a total of 375 script submissions were received this year – 105 from Canada and 270 from the rest of the world. Most of the international scripts were from writers in the U.S., but we also received scripts from the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Argentina, Bulgaria, and Iran.

Carolyn believes that the “huge increase” in scripts received this year is partly because the submission fee was eliminated (originally free since the Festival’s inception in 1988, $10 per script had been charged for submissions to NIF 2012, 2013 and 2014). There is a movement among playwrights, especially in the United States, to boycott festivals with script submission fees.  Many more Canadian scripts than usual were received this year, which she attributes to some targeted invitations and the article about NIF in the Playwrights Guild of Canada e-journal.

Two of the 15 selected scripts are by U.S. writers: The Indigo Forest by Bridget Erin (Louisiana) and Rowing, Onward by Eugenie Carabatsos (New York).  Of the 13 selected Canadian scripts, all are by writers from Toronto & environs, except Devices by Meredith Taylor-Parry, who is from Calgary.

Three scripts are written by members of Alumnae Theatre Company – note that all submissions are read blind:  Inheritance by Tabitha Keast and Surrender Dorothy by Liz Best in Week 1, and (En)Lightning by Catherine Frid in Week 2.  Catherine is a 3-time NIF veteran; Tabitha and Liz are experienced actors, but these are the first plays they have written. Congrats, ladies!


In addition to Catherine Frid (Buff – 2010, Over the Edge – 2013; Burying Toni – FireWorks 2014), several other writers from prior years also have plays in NIF 2015:

Norman Yeung (see Week 2) – his play Theory was workshopped in NIF in 2010, expanded and remounted later that year in the SummerWorks Festival, and then staged as part of Alumnae Theatre Company’s first FireWorks festival in 2013.

D.J. Sylvis (see Week 2) – three previous NIF plays:  Godzilla on Sundays (2008), Chance (2009), and Act I of An Inked Heart (2010).

Eugenie Carabatsos (see Week 3) – two previous NIF plays:  In Their Glory (2012), Stalled (2013).


Returning directors are Sandra Banman, Eric Benson, Sandra Burley, Brenda Darling, Stacy Halloran, Anne MacMillan, and Joanne Williams.


New Ideas Festival runs March 11 – 29. Tickets ($15 each week; readings extra) or passes ($40 for everything) can be purchased online at



Filed under 2014/15 Season, New Ideas Festival 2015

4 responses to “New Ideas Festival 2015 lineup, etc.

  1. Brenda Darling

    Hi, I don’t see an icon to “share” on FB. Do I just copy and paste? Brenda

  2. Brenda – this is already on Alumnae Theatre’s Facebook page. Please go to if you want to share on your own page.

  3. Reblogged this on life with more cowbell and commented:
    Looking forward to the 2015 NIF program at Alumnae Theatre – check it out here:

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