Theatre New Brunswick is seeking scripts to workshop for a Fall Festival of New Plays, taking place September- November, 2020.

Theatre New Brunswick is seeking scripts to workshop for a Fall Festival of New Plays, taking place September- November, 2020.  If you are a New Brunswick born or based playwright, and you have a full-length script that is ready for a workshop, we’d like to hear from you.

The Fall Festival of New Plays will support artists in their creation process. This might mean that you work “traditionally” and you have a script and need time with a dramaturge and a cast of actors. It might mean that you and your team need studio space to create and move.  We will work with you to help you take the next step with your play.

The whole festival must take place within socially distanced parameters. We will develop approximately ten scripts over a three-month period. There will be concentrated periods of work with others, followed by time to write. There will be regular meetings for the participants, to exchange thoughts, share insights and offer support to each other. The Festival will culminate in a series of online public readings highlighting all the new works and the artists involved. These could be full readings or a short performance of an excerpt accompanied by an interview with the artists. The development of each individual play will inform the presentation process.

We’d prefer to work on ideas and scripts that are already in development, as opposed to ideas that are very new. The projects and the creators should be ready for outside input, criticism and collaboration. It is not necessary that the play be something that TNB would consider producing.

What we will provide:

  • A dramaturge to work with and help establish goals/writing schedule.
  • A cast of actors to read your work monthly (if required.)
  • A director who will direct your final reading or Event.
  • A fee for the applicant/playwright (we’ll negotiate if there isn’t one main writer)

A selection committee will review all applications and select the artists and works that will be supported. The committee consists of Anthony Bryan (TNB Theatre School’s Playwriting Instructor;) Lara Lewis (Actor, Dramaturge, producer) and TNB’s Artistic Director Natasha MacLellan.

Send applications to with subject line TNB Fall Festival Submission.

Please include the following in your application:

  • a cover letter that details the development history of your play
  • a clear idea of what you hope to achieve during the process
  • what you think you need (if it is above and beyond the support we outlined above)
  • a copy of your script