2019 ROCKFORD NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

STAGED READING
Sept 20 & 21, 2019 | 7pm CST
The West Side Show Room
1414 N Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR | Denise Yvette Serna


In its fifth year, the Rockford New Play Festival gives established and aspiring playwrights from the Rockford Area the opportunity to have their plays presented professionally to the public alongside the work of national and international playwrights. 

This year we asked playwrights to write new ten page plays inspired by the theme “Over… The Edge.” We are interested in works that explore society's artificial boundaries: the effect they have on the people of both sides— and those who risk everything to cross over.

Six scripts will be chosen as official selections of the festival, and announced on July 15th, 2019.

Each play will be presented in a staged reading in Rockford, Illinois on September 20th and 21st, 2019 at 7pm CST. The September 20th staged reading will be broadcast on Facebook Live.

Each of the six playwrights will receive a $200 commission for their play.


FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

Denise Yvette Serna

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Denise is a theatre practitioner and arts activist based in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago credits include La Ruta (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), The Revolutionists (Strawdog Theatre Company), LTC Carnaval 2018: ConeXion! (Latinx Theatre Commons), HIR (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Earthquakes in London (Steep Theatre Company), The View Upstairs (Circle Theatre Chicago), For the Love of (Pride Films & Plays), HOMESET (Pop Magic Productions), SPARK (20% Theatre Company), (the)forget_me\knot (inappropriate theatre company), La Chingada (inappropriate theatre company), and Climate Change Theatre Action - Chicago (Global Hive Laboratories). International credits include MEDUSA (Global Hive Laboratories), Much Ado About Nothing (The Shaw Theatre), Om Swastyastu from London - The Wailing Woman (Institut Seni Indonesia Denpasar), and Heart’s Core (CAN - Refugee Women's Theatre Programme). Denise holds an MFA in Theatre Directing and is co-founder of Global Hive Laboratories, a collective of international practitioners working toward a global theatre. She is an alumna of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Multicultural Fellowship, and serves as a member of artEquity’s diverse cadre of facilitators who support equity-based initiatives nationwide. She is committed to supporting arts organizations as they incorporate the ideals of equity, diversity, access and inclusion into their programming and internal operations, and move toward becoming transformative Anti-Racist forces in their communities.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The 2019 submissions deadline was May 15, 2019 at 5:00pm CST. Playwrights will be notified about the status of their submission no later than July 15th, 2019.

Have questions?  Please email us at newplayfest@thewssr.org.


SPONSORS

Playwright royalties for the 2018 Rockford New Play Festival were made possible by a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.  

The mission of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is to serve as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, preserve, and grow an endowment for the current and future needs of the people of Northern Illinois. Since its founding in 1953, CFNIL has granted more than $65 million for charitable purposes in the region.
 

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The 2019 Rockford New Play Festival is made possible by a generous grant from the Rockford Area Arts Council

The Rockford Area Arts Council supports, promotes, and develops the arts for everyone in the Northern Illinois region.


CAST & CREW

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR
Denise Yvette Serna

FESTIVAL PRODUCER
STAGED READING DIRECTOR
Mike Werckle

Associate Producer
Rachel León

ROCKFORD NEW PLAY FESTIVAL FOUNDERS
Nathan Alan Davis, Sharon Nesbit-Davis, Mike Werckle

 
 
The Rockford New Play Festival is in its fifth year.
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CONTENT ADVISORY
The West Side Show Room believes in freedom of expression and we present all works in their entirety. We encourage people of all ages to expose themselves to a wide range of art, and to engage in critical discussions about the content they encounter. For specific information about the language, content, and effects in a particular production, please contact us.