New Play Exchange

Bates is the first college to offer all-campus institutional access to the New Play Exchange.  NPX is  a database which is meant to connect performers with playwrights and to increase access to new works outside the standard theatrical repertoire.

It allows the perusal of new scripts, and filtering by cast size; subject content; gender, ethnic, and/or sexual identity; and many more criteria.

Find a play that interests you? Download it with a single click!

One unique feature of the New Play Exchange is that it connects directors directly with the playwright.  There is no play clearinghouse or artist’s rights organization to negotiate with, so licensing and permissions are greatly streamlined.  In addition, budding playwrights can — for a small fee — develop their own profile which allows them to upload their theatrical works for consideration by others.  A director can even request script changes, or list an “Opportunity” to write a new play on a particular theme!

This database promises to be an exciting resource for creative artists at Bates.  Click the logo above to start exploring!