LaBute New Theater Festival

The LaBute New Theater Festival in St. Louis will begin taking submissions for original one act plays beginning this October. This is open to both adults and high school students. I am honored to be part of such a talented crew.

ST. LOUIS (Aug. 29, 2012)- The St. Louis Actors’ Studio is proud to announce the creation of the LaBute New Theater Festival open to both professional
playwrights and high school students.


Beginning in the fall of 2012, The Theater Festival will run yearly at the Gaslight Theater, with plays debuting from July 5-28, 2013. Submissions will be accepted October 1 through December 31, 2012.

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.
Eight plays will be chosen: four to be performed in the first two weeks, four in the
second two weeks. 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.

We are thrilled that Neil will be working with us again. Lending his name and
talents to foster new works in the theater is just another example of his
generosity and commitment to the arts, and we could not be more proud to host
this ongoing event,” Says, William Roth, Founder and Producing Director of St.
Louis Actors’ Studio.

Submissions should be sent to:

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-Film Director, Screenwriter and Playwright
Milt Zoth-Artistic Director St Louis Actors’ Studio,
Wayne Salomon – Chair, Theatre Department at John Burroughs College Prep
(Theater Project Co)
Bobby Miller-Actor, Writer, Editor, Director (Theater Project Co)
Edward Scott Ibur-Middle School English Teacher (Webster Groves), Novelist
and Co-Founder of the Gifted Writers & Artist Project for Middle School & High
School (
John Pierson-Actor, Teacher English and Theatre Departments John Burroughs
Nancy Bell-Actor, Director, Playwright, Asst Professor of Theater and Voice and
Speech St. Louis University Performing Arts Department
Linda Kennedy-Actor, Artistic Associate, Education and Community Programs,
The Black Rep
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
William Roth-Actor, Founder, Producing Director St. Louis Actors’ Studio

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