New Voices: Playwrights and Actors Festival

February – May 2016

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2016 Playwright Submissions accepted between December 1, 2015 and January 15, 2016.

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Emerging playwrights develop a 10-minute play through an intensive workshop, are mentored through the collaborative process of working with actors and a director, then see their words come to life in staged readings at the Bucks County Playhouse.

This program is partially funded by Up River Productions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with the intent of developing media to promote and advocate equality, diversity and inclusion. Their signature project is Embraceable You which consists of an award winning documentary, a book and a CD. For additional information go to

$375 (Limited need-based scholarships available)
To apply, please send a draft of your proposed 10-minute play (or plays) between December 1, 2015 and January 15, 2016 to All playwrights will be notified by February 1, 2016.

Auditions will take place in March 2016. Please stay tuned for details.


John AugustineJohn Augustine

John Augustine’s plays have been produced in New York City at The Zipper, HERE, Naked Angels, All Season’s Theatre Group, Expanded Arts, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Miranda Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, and 59E59 Theaters.  His anthology of 20 short plays, Augustine’s Confessions, is published by He is also published in the short play anthologies Take Ten and The Best American Short Plays of 1993-94.   His play PeopleSpeak is published in Shorter, Faster, Funnier.  The New York Times wrote of this play, “PeopleSpeak” (is) a witty and acerbic play that is the best of the Summer Shorts festival.”  He and playwright Willy Conley were commissioned by the National Theatre of the Deaf  to write OH! FIGARO! (based on the two plays by Beaumarchais.)  They combined the two plays setting “Barber” in present day Harlem, and “Marriage” in the Hamptons.   The play — with hearing and Deaf actors toured the United States.    For television, Mr. Augustine wrote for the Fox TV show Titus and for Encore! Encore! with Nathan Lane and Joan Plowright. He has taught playwriting at Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, The 42nd Street Collective, and Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. He is a Revson Fellow in Playwriting and a member of The Writers Guild of America, The Dramatists Guild, SAG and AEA.  Some acting credits include the Young Playwrights Festival at Playwrights Horizons, Mac Wellman’s satire on government censorship, Heather McKutcheon’s WALK ON LAKE ERIE at HOME; and the original productions of Christopher Durang’s NAOMI IN THE LIVING ROOM at Home for Contemporary Theatre and Bill Russell’s ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS & RAGING QUEENS.  He is half of “Dawne” in the satiric nightclub act CHRIS DURANG AND DAWNE, which has played at the Criterion Center, Caroline’s Comedy Club, Williamstown Summer Cabaret, and the Triad, winning a 1996 Bistro Award. In recent years he acted in two independent films: All Me, All The Time(2009) playing a NJ divorce lawyer opposite Keir Dullea, Mia Dillon, and Sachi Parker and in Lunatics, Lovers and Actors, playing a naughty college theatre professor. In summer 2013, Augustine directed a successful Equity production of The Hummingbird’s Tour by Margaret Dulaney, which was remounted at Bucks County Playhouse in 2014 as part of “Culture For a Cause.” He is also a classical pianist.

Hester KaminHester Kamin

has had nine plays produced in Europe and the US, five of which have toured. Notable work includes Rumpelstiltskin, now in its tenth year of touring France, The Color of Sound, created for the Honolulu Symphony, and the musicals Sleeping Beauty and The Snow Queen, written with Royal Shakespeare Company composer/lyricist Tanya Kirk and performed at the 1400-seat historic Hawaii Theatre. Hester has also worked with ensembles of children, teenagers, and adult professionals to direct the creation and performance of more than 100 original theatre shows in France, England, Norway, Hawaii, and American Samoa. Hester is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where she was the first person to attain a double degree in Drama and Creative Writing, and a graduate of the Jacques Lecoq School of International Theatre in Paris. Publications include American Theatre Magazine, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mid-American Review, and Teaching Artist Journal. Awards include the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Associated Writing Programs Young Poets Prize, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists National Award, the Carnegie Mellon Award for Leadership, and the Academy of Paris Award for Contribution to Arts and Culture. Hester is the Director of Education of Bucks County Playhouse.

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