Selected Plays for the 2015 New Works Festival were absolutely floored by the quantity and quality of the submissions we received from all over the state for our 2015 New Works Festival.

35 submissions from 35 very talented writers.

The selection committee had a difficult task, but they did their duty exceptionally well.

So first, a thank you to every writer who shared your work with us. We so appreciate your time, efforts and talents.

Next, a big thank you to our selection committee, headed by our Board President, Anika Thompson. You all gave each selection a careful read and consideration, and the amount of free time you dedicated to this task is so very much appreciated.

Now…without further ado:


Wednesday, July 8th @ 7pm                                                                                  

WRITE FIGHT – A Festival Opening Battle Royale                                                     Presented by Renegade Theater Company and Revolver Literary Magazine  

8 writers enter – only one can win. Watch area authors, bloggers, journalists and playwrights compete in a single elimination tournament live on stage. We give dueling writers typewriters, a prompt, 10 minutes to write, and plenty of hilarious distraction (provided by members of the Renegade Improv team). After the 10 minutes are up, the writers read what they’ve written, and the audience favorite moves on.


Modern Prophet by Sam Graber of Minneapolis


A NIGHT OF SHORTS (featuring)

A Paper Forest by Claudia Haas of White Bear Lake

The Vibe by Robert Lee of Duluth

A Guide to Textual Encounters by Megan Rekowski of Duluth


Finnegan’s Wake by Donald Arneson of Prior Lake





  • Write Fight
  • Presented by Renegade Theater Company and Revolver Literary Magazine


Call for Directors and Actors – New Works Festival

Renegade Theater Company is issuing a CALL FOR DIRECTORS AND ACTORS who wish to participate in our 2015 New Works Festival, running Wednesday, July 8th to Saturday, July 11th, 2015. Selected participants will collaborate to present readings and semi-staged readings of new works.

We are looking for creative, talented and experienced directors who are interested in bringing these new works to life alongside their peers. As this is a new works festival, emphasis will be placed on the script and the writing, but all good writing needs direction to bring it to life. That’s where you come in!

The New Works will be rehearsed in the weeks prior to the festival and performed as readings or semi-staged readings at the Festival. All participants assigned to a given project will have the final script in hand prior to the start of rehearsals. Actors may be asked to participate in more than one project, but will not be assigned to more than 2, due to the limited rehearsal time.

All artists who are selected must follow the submission guidelines detailed below and be available for the rehearsal period (June 22nd -July 2nd) and festival period (July 8th-11th). There is no funding from the Renegade Theater Company for travel or lodging costs. All artists are strongly encouraged to attend the rehearsal Kick-off session tentatively scheduled for Monday, June 15th @ 5pm.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (Interested individuals may submit in more than one category.):

DIRECTORS Please Submit:

  • 1 email/letter of introduction describing your experience and approach to directing and developing new work. Please also describe the types of work you are drawn to as a director.
    • Please indicate if you are willing to work on multiple readings
    • Be sure to include conflicts and contact information.

ACTORS Please Submit:

  • 1 email/letter of introduction, briefly describing the types of roles you usually play and if you have any experience working with new plays or being involved in staged readings of plays.
    • Please indicate if you are willing to work on multiple readings.
    • Be sure to include conflicts and contact information

Director and Actor Submissions must be received by 5/15 – earlier submissions are appreciated and encouraged!!!

Submit by email only (MS Word File in “.doc” or “.docx” please, or as a PDF) to: