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Notre Dame Performing Arts 2022

New Play Festival


Our Theme 


About the Notre Dame College New Play Festival

Notre Dame College Performing Arts will host its annual New Play Festival in November 2022, showcasing unproduced plays for all members of the NDC and greater community. The search has begun, looking for the best and most promising theatrical works relevant to audiences today!

The three-day festival will consist of 3-4 performances of previously unseen theatrical works and will take place in Regina Auditorium on the Notre Dame College campus. Winners will be selected through a panel of NDC staff, community artists, and local residents. In addition to premiering these new works, an honorarium will be awarded to festival winners. 

2022 Festival Theme

Citizens of the World

Nationally recognized and Cuyahoga County based playwright Eric Coble (Bright Ideas, Velocity of Autumn, Margin of Error) will be commissioned to write a world premiere short play (maximum of 30 minutes in length) to premiere at Notre Dame College! This piece will be presented with 2-3 additional new works from members of our greater community.

This is where you come in – This call is open to Notre Dame College Faculty, Staff and Students, as well as residents of Cuyahoga County!

If you are a Cuyahoga Based playwright and/or performing artist and would like to submit a piece either you have already written or would like to write, we are looking for you!! If you would like to submit a piece, here are some parameters:


Selected piece should echo/focus on the festival theme We Are Citizens of the World.


Piece selected will be performed in repertory with 3-4 other pieces each night so minimal setting is preferred.


Pieces with small/smaller casts preferred due to the nature of the festival and production elements. Productions will be mounted as a minimally produced festival of new works!


Piece selected can be no shorter than 15 minutes and no longer than 30 minutes in length.


Piece can be solo pieces, spoken word, include music, and movement as well but must have a written storytelling element.


The 2-3 additional pieces selected will receive an honorarium.

Notre Dame College 2022 New Play Festival Deadlines & Submission Details

AUGUST 31, 2022

  • Submissions will be accepted through August 31, 2022.
  • Submission should be emailed to Celeste Cosentino, Director of Theatre Studies, Notre Dame College Performing Arts. Email your submission.
  • Format can be PDF, WORD, YOU TUBE links (if you have video footage of a piece) will be accepted.


  • Selections will be made by a panel of NDC staff, community artists, and local residents by September 23, 2022.


  • The rehearsal period for selected works will be roughly November 1-17.
  • Performances will be held on November 18th and 19th @7:30 PM and the 20th @2:00 PM.
  • Playwrights and performers selected will be asked to participate in talkbacks one of the three nights of performances (Nov 17-20).

The Notre Dame Performing Arts New Play Festival is generously supported through a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

The winner of the 2019 Notre Dame Performing Arts New Play Festival, “MIDNITE” by Rory Leahy and Rena Hardy, received its world premiere production February 2020 and the 2020 winning work, “Alice In Neverland” by Maggie Rader premiered at Notre Dame College in April 2021.

Hosting such a festival allows Notre Dame College Performing Arts to fulfill and enhance its mission of enriching the community and the appreciation of the arts through live performance. By utilizing the talents of the Notre Dame College students, and additional regional artists, the festival furthers our efforts of utilizing the stage as a platform to educate, enlighten and entertain the Greater Cleveland Community.”

Join Our Festival

Submit Your New Play

We are excited to create a platform for new voices! We have such a rich arts community here in Northeast Ohio and are honored to be a place for community engagement!

Questions about this year’s fesitval? Email Celeste Cosentino.