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Call for Submissions For 6th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival

16 September 2017

The St. Louis Actors’ Studio is proud to announce call for submissions for the 6th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival at the Gaslight Theater, with plays debuting from July 06 – 29, 2018.

Submissions will be accepted through December 31, 2017. (High School Submissions through April 15, 2018)

Professional Submissions: Successful entries will have no more than four characters and be crafted specifically to exploit our intimate performance space. (18′ x 18′ stage) Changes in scenery or setting should be achievable quickly and with few major set moves.  Our focus is on fundamental dramaturgy: plot, character and theme.

Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry, a synopsis and a 10-page sample from the script. Running time for each performance should not exceed 45 minutes.

Up to eight plays will be chosen,  in addition, a new piece from Mr. LaBute will be performed every night for the run of the festival.  Mr. LaBute is scheduled to participate in the opening weekend activities.

High School Submissions: Winning plays by high school students will be presented in readings. The guidelines are straightforward:  The one act should include no more than four characters featuring a clearly developed plot and distinctive characters. No longer than 15 minutes in length.

Non-Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry and complete script.

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Submissions should be sent to(Postal Mail ONLY):

LaBute New Theater Festival

St. Louis Actors’ Studio

360 N Boyle Ave

St. Louis, MO 63108




The creative team for the festival includes:

Neil LaBute-Director, Screenwriter and Playwright

William Roth-Actor, Founder, Artistic Director St. Louis Actors’ Studio

Emily Baker, Actor, Director, Performing Arts Teacher

Nathan Bush – Actor

Kate Farrington, Dramaturge

Andra Harkins – Actor

Ann Haubrich – Writer, Arts Administrator

Michael Hogan, Actor, Director

Edward Scott Ibur-Middle School Teacher (Webster), Novelist, Founder- Gifted Writers & Artists Project for Middle & High School

Julie Schoettley, Documentary Film editor, Script Development Editor

Christopher Limber – Actor, Director Prison Performing Arts, Playwright

John Pierson-Actor, Theatre, Speech & Dance Chair, English Teacher John Burroughs School

Elizabeth Helman-Actor, Writer, Director, Professor of Theatre Arts -Oregon State University

Patrick Huber-Associate Director, St. Louis Actors’ Studio-Set Design and Lighting, Teacher Theater, Design and Architecture Mary Institute, Country Day Prep School


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Plays MAY HAVE BEEN developed or produced elsewhere, BUT NEVER PRODUCED in New York City. There is no limit to submissions. Subject matter and character variations are open. There is no submission fee. It usually takes up to six months for us to read and process your script. Plays from overseas and throughout the United States are accepted and considered. BUT special attention will be given to playwrights who live in or near New York. No deadline. Year-round submissions accepted. Our $500 Emerging Playwright Award (coupled with press coverage) is given to playwrights who show excellence and dedication throughout this process – from development to the stage.

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