New Ideas Festival 2017: Call for Directors

Never-before-produced short scripts have been submitted, and 15 selected for Alumnae Theatre Company’s New Ideas Festival in March.  new-ideas-2017-imageNow it’s time for interested directors to apply!  Once you’ve submitted your application (and the deadline is next Friday, Oct 14), you’ll be given access to read the scripts.

Here’s the official notice:


Alumnae Theatre Company invites non-union directors to apply to direct one of the 15 plays (running time 10 to 40 minutes) for New Ideas Festival (NIF) 2017, our 29th annual three-week juried festival of new plays, works-in-progress, and experimental theatre to be held from March 8 to 26, 2017.


Important dates:

  • Oct. 14, 2016: Deadline to apply to direct one of the New Ideas Festival plays
  • Nov. 5, 2016: (MANDATORY) Creative Exchange: directors meet playwrights
  • 6, 7, 8, or 9, 2016: (MANDATORY) Attend your play’s cold reading on one of these dates
  • Jan 4-8, 2017: (MANDATORY) Attend Festival auditions according to casting needs
  • , Jan. 30, 2017: Rehearsals begin
  • March 8 – Sun. March 26, 2017: New Ideas Festival. Each show runs one week.


NIF provides the following:

  • Stage managers, technical crew, and front of house staff
  • Festival auditions presenting a large pool of actors
  • Rehearsal space, performance space
  • Promotional materials and publicity
  • Access to Alumnae Theatre’s wardrobe, props, and sets
  • A collaborative process with the playwright to continue developing a new work with actors and a dramaturge (if requested)
  • A supportive place for directors to experiment and hone their skills
  • Production guidelines and mentorship that get all the plays and dozens of performers successfully from audition to rehearsal to stage.


New Ideas Festival does not pay fees, royalties, or a box office share to participants.

Alumnae Theatre Company retains creative discretion over the festival as a whole. The focus of the festival is script development, so technical requirements for the plays are kept to a minimum. NIF is an exciting opportunity to work one-on-one with a playwright to develop a new work.


If you are interested in directing a play in the New Ideas Festival, email by Oct 14, 2016.  Please make the subject line “Director Application (your name)” and provide a directing CV or paragraph description of your experience. You will receive further details once you have submitted your application.


As our industry has far fewer female directors, women directors are especially encouraged to apply.

Alumnae Theatre Company ▪ 70 Berkeley Street ▪ Toronto, ON ▪ M5A 2W6

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