The Proteus New Plays Festival (PNPF) is the theater component of our annual Proteus Festival, the kickoff festival for The Z season. The festival showcases community-driven staged readings of 4 scripts that have been developed in the Z Playwrights Lab or by Z Artist Members, to highlight these opportunities at The Z for local playwrights. The staged readings give the playwrights an opportunity to work with a director and a volunteer cast to see their script “on its feet” for the first time. Technical components are intentionally limited to focus the process on the script. 

The Z provides onsite rehearsal time and rehearsal support, limited technical support, and a director for each staged reading. Each reading is presented twice during the 2 weeks of Proteus Festival. 

Audiences are given the opportunity to rate the plays at the festival using a feedback form of questions focused on the elements writing an engaging script and story. Ratings are averaged to select the festival Audience Favorite. The Audience Favorite selected receives a workshop production with a production budget, paid cast, and a 2-week run as the final Curtain Up! New Plays Series play of the 24-25 season. 

Schedule Summary  

Submissions Open: May 15-May 31, 2024 

Selection process complete and Playwrights contacted: June 30, 2024 

Kick Off Meeting:  late July 2024 

Director & Playwright one on one meetings: August 2024 

Common Casting at The Z: August 17-18, 2024 

Rehearsal Week 1: September 1-7, 2024 

Rehearsal Week 2: September 8-14, 2024 

First Staging/Tech Rehearsal 4HR Blocks: September 15-21, 2024 

Second Tech Rehearsal 4 Hr Blocks: September 22-28, 2024 

Proteus Festival Kick Off Event: October 2, 2024 

PNPF Performance Show 1: October 3, 2024 

PNPF Performance Show 2: October 4, 2024 

PNPF Performance Saturday – All Four Shows: October 5, 2024 

PNPF Performance Show 3: October 10, 2024 

PNPF Performance Show 4: October 11, 2024 

Proteus Block Party and Awards: October 12, 2024 



PNPF Submissions 24

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Meeting availability August 1-30(Required)
Meeting availability September 1-October 2(Required)
​​I am available to attend the festival readings in person between October 3-11
Only Z Artist Members and Z Playwright’s Lab Members may apply to this festival. I am a:
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