The RedHouse

A New Three Theatre Complex at City Center

New Works Festival

Hunter Circle

Hunter Foster
Artistic Director


Redhouse is pleased to announce it’s 2020/21 New Works Festival! After the rousing success of last season’s entries, “Bisland and Bly” and “Trophy Room”, Redhouse is looking for its next great show. This is an extraordinary opportunity to have your play or musical receive a 2 week developmental workshop at the acclaimed Redhouse Arts Center in downtown Syracuse; one of the premier theatre facilities in Central New York. Led by Artistic Director, Hunter Foster, the creative team at Redhouse will choose 1 play and 1 musical for their developmental series. Here is your chance for your work to be cultivated in a creative setting so it can reach its ultimate potential.

Redhouse Arts Center New Works Festival Submission

Festival Dates: Feb. 2 – 14, 2021
Submission Period: March 26 – Sept. 1, 2020
Admission Fee per Script: $35

Commitment & What We are Looking For

We are looking for groundbreaking new works that bring about new perspectives on the human condition and our community; but also New Works that challenge the way in which we tell stories. This is a developmental series, so we will accept any New Work regardless of what stage of development they are in. We want this series to be a place for a New Work to grow even if it’s at its earliest stages.

Submissions Should Be:

  • Typed in PDF format**

  • Complete drafts – not incomplete drafts or treatments.

  • Plays that have never had a professional AEA production and have never been published; readings and workshops are fine.

  • The playwright is the sole owner of script copyright.

Submitting Your Script & Application

On the cover of your script, please include the a) NAME OF YOUR PLAY b) The Playwright’s name c) The Contact information of the Playwright [Address, Telephone Number & Email Address]; 1. Include the character breakdown in your script; 2. Include the Setting (i.e. and apartment in NYC.) that your play occurs and the Time (i.e. the present); Include the following support materials with your application: 3. Cover letter stating why your show is a good fit for Redhouse Arts Center New Works Theatre Festival. I. Bio(s) of yourself and any proposed collaborator (These may be used for marketing purposes on our website and social media). All pictures involved with the Festival may be used to market your show. II. CD of music, or wav files, mp3 or e-files. (Musicals ONLY). 4. Any other materials you wish to accompany your application.

**Playwrights must be at least 18 years old. Please submit all information by clicking the link below. If you have issues uploading any files, please email them to [email protected]

What to Expect

  • Redhouse will be choosing 2 new works; 1 musical and 1 play

  • The chosen new works will be announced Nov. 1, 2020 and the playwrights will be notified.

  • The Festival will take place for 2 weeks in February (Feb. 2-14); 2 weeks of rehearsals with the play performing Thursday/Saturday and the musical performing Friday/Sunday.

  • Playwrights can use the Redhouse facilities all day to work on their material and then Redhouse will provide top level local actors for the reading.

  • Out of town playwrights’ travel and living accommodations will be taken care of.

  • The new works will be presented as an informal reading (at music stands or minimal staging)

  • A playwright and cast talkback will follow the performances

  • Redhouse will market and advertise the new works chosen


**Any and all questions should be directed to [email protected]

2019/20 New Works Festival Winners

Trophy Room | By Mike DiSalvo

In a warehouse that houses the products made from the world’s most endangered animals, 3 security guards prepare for the arrival of an extremely rare and valuable piece; and in the process confront the fears and prejudices that lie just below the surface. They come to learn that the animals lining the shelves of the warehouse might not be the only endangered species present.

Bisland & Bly | Lyrics by Marialena DiFabbio & Susannah Jones | Music by Marialena DiFabbio | Book & Additional Music by Susannah Jones

In November 1889, Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland set off in opposite directions on a history-making race around the globe to beat Phileas Fogg’s fictional record from Around the World in Eighty Days. Though a world apart, Nellie and Elizabeth found themselves on a journey that would change and connect their lives forever. With a score inspired by American folk and classical musical theatre, Bisland & Bly is the story of two remarkable and remarkably different women who dared to persist in the pursuit of their dreams.