In association with the Discovery Group of Ball State and the Provost Immersive Learning Initiative, the Department of Theatre and Dance has created the Discovery New Theatre Festival.

Students play a vital role in reviewing and screening submissions, choosing finalists, and then working with writers, directors, actors, and other festival personnel to present the Discovery New Theatre Festival annually in May.

  • New play submissions are accepted the fall of even years and finalists are chosen for staged readings in the late spring of odd years.
  • New musical submissions are accepted in the fall of odd years and finalists are chosen for staged readings in late spring of even years.

Students and professional artists perform the concert readings, which industry professionals adjudicate.

One selected new work is then workshopped the following summer, then performed as part of the Department of Theatre and Dance’s production season.

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