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New Voices: One-Act Festival

New Voices is a two week production process for students aged 13-18 that takes original one-act plays from script to stage for public performance. These plays will be written, directed, designed, performed, and technically managed by program participants. No previous theatrical experience required! Production mentorship will be provided by experienced members of the Olney Theatre Center staff. The program culminates in performances of the one-act plays during the weekend of June 28-29 on Olney Theatre Center’s Historic Stage. With New Voices, students can be extensively involved in all aspects of the theater, not just performance.


Why Join?

This program…

  • allows students a chance to create their own work with guidance and resources from professionals

  • has participation tracks in writing, technical theatre, and directing, for those who do not wish to perform

  • requires no previous experience

  • gives teenagers the opportunity to build their community and collaborate with one another

  • costs $150 per-participant for the two week program. Limited scholarships are also available 


Program Structure

Students are invited to choose one of six pathways to pursue during a two-week production process. For some of the pathways, participation requires meeting certain deadlines and/or a weekly time commitment prior to the start of rehearsal on June 16. The program culminates in a final performance of the one-act plays during the weekend of June 28-29 at Olney Theatre Center’s Historic Stage. The details and requirements specific to each pathway are below.

To see program dates and a preliminary rehearsal schedule, please see the calendar below.

New Voices Pathways

Click a pathway to learn more about the program, the application deadlines, and fill out the Google registration form.


Production Design


Stage Management


Technical Crew

How to Register

  1. Parents/Guardians must complete the New Voices Registration form and register one of these three ways:

    • Mail: Attn: Weldon Brown, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD 20832
    • Phone: 301-924-4485, ext. 121
    • In-person: Complete registration form at the Box Office
  2. Students must complete the Google Form for the Pathway of their choice:


New Voices Registration Form

Note that the first deadline for play submissions is on April 26th. For more information on the writing competition & guidelines, click here.

Questions? Send an email to to contact this year’s student program leaders, Sabina Jafri and Ella Gatlin.

If you need to reach the OTC administrator that is overseeing this project, email or call Jason King Jones at 240-722-6027.

Box Office: 301.924.3400

Open Wednesday - Sunday: 12:00PM - 6:00PM

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