nuVoices for a New Generation Play Festival

Charlotte's premier festival for new works

nuVoices was created by Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte to honor and encourage emerging playwrights of the American Theatre, as well as develop the next generation of regional artists. Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte envisions the nuVoices Festival as a springboard to catapult new plays to the national stage through our existing relationship with the National New Play Network (NNPN). We will present two script-in-hand staged readings of each play and the favorite will be produced as part of our next main stage season. This years festival is scheduled for July 2020.

Our goal is three-fold:

  1. To celebrate and cultivate new plays by emerging American playwrights.
  2. To incubate professional artistic talent in the Charlotte region.
  3. To educate the public on the process of taking new plays from page to stage.

Submissions will be open Nov 11 – Dec 8, 2019.

With innumerable fantastic, diverse plays submitted from around the country, our community of readers whittle down the stack to four of the most exciting, adventurous, and innovative new works to invite to our stage. While criteria differ year to year, to be eligible scripts must be full length, appropriate for adult audiences, and unproduced at the time of the festival. The residency will encompass a four-day festival that will feature two public, script-in-hand readings for each of the four plays selected. Following the end of the festival, a festival winner, who will be determined by a panel of audience members, arts professionals, and Actor’s Theatre staff, will be invited by the theatre to have a full production mounted in the 2022-22 season.

Learn more about submission criteria

Past Festival Winners

2019 Winner – GHOSTS OF BOGOTA by Diana Burbano
The story of three siblings, now late 20s to late 30s, who return to their parents’ birth country when their grandfather dies. GHOSTS is a universal story about family secrets, told through a very specific Latinx lens, and a story about that unique immigrant experience of never feeling fully at home in any country that can claim you.

2016 Winner – THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE  by Meridith Friedman
When his elderly father, Oscar, proposes moving in with him, Richard, happily settled with his partner David, is less than enthusiastic about the idea. Unbeknownst to Oscar, an adopted son will soon be occupying the spare bedroom in Richard and David’s beachside condo. Years of unspoken hostilities and resentments are unleashed, spiraling the men into a vicious game of finger pointing. Tensions reach a breaking point when Oscar’s growing suspicions over the circumstances of his wife’s death lead him to make a startling accusation against his son.

2016 – THE MERMAID HOUR by David Valdes Although THE MERMAID HOUR did not win, we are committed to producing work that is important to our community and it received a full mainstage production in Season 29, along with 2016 festival winner THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE. 

Working class parents try to navigate the gender transition of their daughter as she rocks her first crush, discovers the power of YouTube, and decides to set her own agenda. For Pilar and Bird, navigating their tween daughter, Vi’s, gender transition is tricky as they juggle not only their own opposing parenting styles but her impulsive nature.

2015 Winner – THE PATRON SAINT OF LOSING SLEEP  by Diana Grisanti
Ada, a call center representative, can’t sleep. When she receives a call at her job from a woman in need, she takes a trip to try and help her. Unfortunately, things go wrong… terribly wrong. Desperate to cure her insomnia, Ada must confront her regrets, past and present, if she’s ever going to sleep again. Join us for this topsy-turvy comedy! Formerly known as “INC”.

2014 Winner – RIVER CITY by Diana Grisanti
Just weeks after her father’s death, Mary discovers a childhood photograph of him from a past he never talked about. Determined to excavate her heritage, Mary goes on a quest to uncover a half-century of family and town secrets buried in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky. Sometimes, going back home means leaving life behind.

2013 Winner – NARROW DAYLIGHT by Stevan Kaloustian
Susan is struggling with the recent loss of her son, Nathan, to the war in Iraq. When Lena, a nineteen year old Iraqi woman shows up on her doorstep, Susan has no choice but to invite her in. Before Lena, the juiciest thing to happen in their neighborhood was the opening of the brand-new Super Target. Gloria, Susan’s sugar-coating, bible-loving best friend, and her tell-it-like-it-is daughter Anne-Marie are also affected when Western and Eastern cultures fuse, turning their quiet way of life in Panama City, Florida, completely upside down.

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