Quinnipiac University

Quinnipiac University Theater

The Theatre Arts Center, located just around the corner from the York Hill Campus, is a 12,000-square-foot facility featuring a two-story black-box theater, scenic shop, design studios, classrooms, faculty offices, a student lounge and additional rehearsal space. It is the perfect space for Quinnipiac to stage their world-class productions.

New Play Lab 2022 Submission Guidelines

Quinnipiac students are invited to apply to direct and/or stage manage for our New Play Lab!

Six to eight selected plays will receive workshop productions at the Theatre Arts Center on April 22-24, 2022.

Selected directors will be assigned a professional mentor who will offer guidance, coaching and critical feedback throughout the production process.

Learn more about the application and participation requirements below:

Application Guidelines

  • Submit a cover letter (in PDF format) via email to: Kevin.Daly@qu.edu
    See guidelines below
  • The first line of your cover letter should specifically state the position(s) for which you are applying (i.e. director and/or stage manager).
  • Within the cover letter please describe what you think the role of a director or stage manager is when working on a new play.
  • Please also include the following within your cover letter:
    • Brief Bio
    • Contact information
    • Prior experience
    • Related coursework
    • Confirmation that you will be available for all required New Play Lab dates (see schedule below).
    • Acknowledgement that you are interested in participating in the full development process in collaboration with the playwright and mentors.
How to Submit
  • Email your cover letter to Kevin.Daly@qu.edu
  • Write in the subject line: NEW PLAY LAB DIRECTING- YOUR NAME
    • Replace directing with stage managing if you are applying as a stage manager.
    • If applying as both, write both in the subject.
  • Expect a confirmation email within 48 hours. If you don’t get one, follow up
Submission Deadline

January 15, 2022, 11:59 p.m.


  • If you are selected, you will be required to engage in a rigorous development process with your playwright, professional mentors, and fellow student collaborators.
  • You must be available to attend rehearsals, tech, and all performances (see full schedule below).
  • There is no expectation of prior experience. All students are encouraged to submit!
  • We are aiming for workshop productions of 6-8 student written plays. However, the primary goal of the lab is to rigorously develop the work. This might mean that some of the plays are presented as script in hand readings where others are presented as more fully staged pieces. Directing and stage management applicants should be enthusiastic for the development process.

2021-22 New Play Lab Schedule

  • Submissions
    Call for ten-minute plays (Fall Semester)
    Submissions and applications due January 15, 2022
  • Selection process
    The team of four mentors will review the submitted scripts and applications and select 6-8 plays for inclusion, as well as directors and SMs.
    Script Selections will be announced by January 29, 2022
    Directors and SMs will be announced later in the process (see below)
  • Play Development
    January 29- March 7
    6 week intensive script development between student playwrights and their professional mentors.
  • Student directors and stage managers assigned to plays
    More information on student directing to follow. To express interest, please email Kevin.Daly@qu.edu
    Student stage managers and directors will be matched prior to March 7.
  • Auditions
    Week of March 7
  • Rehearsal Process
    March 7- April 17
  • Tech
    Evenings, April 18-21
    Each show gets 1.5 hours in the theater.
  • Dress Rehearsals
    Evenings, April 20-22
    As many full runs as can be scheduled between tech and opening night without exhausting the teams.
    Participants are expected to attend all dress rehearsals.
  • Workshop Productions for Live Audiences
    April 22-24
    Friday night (invited dress), Saturday Evening (opening), Sunday Matinee (closing).
    Participants are expected to attend all performances.
  • Strike
    Saturday following performances
    All students are expected to participate in strike.
  • Reflection & Closure
    April 24
    A reflection & closure session hosted by the mentors
    All participating students are expected to attend

What is a workshop production?

A workshop production is focused on the development of the script and is less concerned with the bells and whistles of a full production.

A workshop production is raw, and unpolished. Minimalist production values give way to a stronger focus on the acting and the story. As such, there is an exciting energy around workshop productions, they feel fresh and new. There is nothing about them that feels over-done, over rehearsed, or stale.

There is an understanding between the audience and the performers that experimentation is still happening. The script is evolving in real time and the actors are throwing themselves into the changes head first. As such, there is an electric energy to workshop productions — they have the
energy of a rock concert.

Workshop productions take big risks and make changes from performance to performance. The audience is encouraged to be lively — to respond enthusiastically to the work — there is nothing safe or reserved about a workshop production. This is where theater artists take big swings and revel in the process rather than the product.

Audiences will be informed that what they are seeing is a work-in-progress. The work will be presented in whatever form it’s in by April 21. For example, some performances might be memorized, where others are script in hand. But by no mea s is this just a reading. A workshop production is meant to be bold, experimental, and full of ambition.

Those of us who love the theater know this is where the truly exciting work happens.

Submit the following as a PDF in your application:


[Name and title of the person you are applying to]

Dear [person's name]

With your permission, I would like to submit my application to direct for your 2022 New Play Laboratory.

[Your thoughts on the role of the position for which you are applying within NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT]

[A brief bio of your prior experience]

[Related coursework]

[Confirmation and acknowledgment of your availability and willingness to engage in development]

Respectfully submitted,
[Your contact information]

Director’s Message

Kevin Daly, Theater Program Director
Kevin Daly

Theater Program Director

Welcome to QU Theater!

Whether you’re a prospective student, current student, alumnus or member of our Hamden community, you’ve come to the right place if you have an interest in theater.

We offer an exciting theater major and a minor that explore all areas of theater production, performance and design. We’ve developed the program with enough flexibility that you can easily double major in theater and just about any other area of study at the university.

Want to perform on stage or be an integral part of our team behind the curtain? We have a ton of opportunities including faculty-led productions, a student theater organization, improv, musical theater and new play development — and you don't have to be a theater major to participate.

Did you know we have high-quality live theater right here in Hamden? Join us at our Theatre Arts Center, where we bring in guest artists from New York, New Haven and around the country to develop new plays and musicals with our students, as well as imaginative interpretations of the classics.

If you’re looking for community, you’ll find it here. I did, 20 years ago as an undergraduate at Quinnipiac. Back then we didn’t have a major or even a minor, but we had a community of enthusiastic and committed students and faculty who appreciated the meaningful experiences and lifelong friendships born from rigorous involvement in theater. That sense of community is still at the heart of what we do today.

Are you a prospective student? I’d be delighted to hear from you. Let’s meet to discuss your interests and goals in theater — I’d love to tell you more about what makes QU theater special.

Regardless of what brought you here, I hope you’ll consider joining us!


Kevin Daly, Theater Program Director

Email: kevin.daly@qu.edu

Phone: 203-582-3500

Thebes - A New Musical

Directed by Danilo Gambini

In development through Quinnipiac University and Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre

Collaborators: Danilo Gambini, Katie Hathaway, Emma Hathaway, and Solon Snider

  • Friday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m.

  • Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m.

New Play Lab of Student Work

  • Saturday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, April 24, 2 p.m.

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Quinnipiac Theatre Arts Center

This state-of-the-art facility, located at 515 Sherman Avenue in Hamden, houses the university’s main stage theater, where the university’s annual theater productions are held. The Theatre Arts Center also houses faculty offices, rehearsal rooms, a design studio, a fully equipped scenic shop, dressing rooms and more. All university theater productions and student-run theater productions are housed in this building along with music concerts, dance shows, and other performances. In the summer, the building hosts professional theater companies from around the world.

Getting to the Quinnipiac Theatre Arts Center

Quinnipiac Theatre Arts Center
515 Sherman Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
Phone: 203-582-3500

Interactive Map

Directions from I-91

Take I-91 North or South to Exit 10.
Take Route 40 to the end and turn right onto Whitney Avenue.
Proceed 1.3 miles, turn left onto Sherman Ave.
Proceed .5 miles, Quinnipiac Theater Arts Center is on the right.

Directions from I-95

Take I-95 to I-91 North.
Get off at Exit 10.
Take Route 40 to the end and turn right onto Whitney Avenue.
Proceed 1.3 miles, turn left onto Sherman Ave.
Proceed .5 miles, Quinnipiac Theater Arts Center is on the right.

COVID Safety

All performers are vaccinated and will be unmasked during the performances.

Patrons must show proof of vaccination and are required to wear a mask at all times while in the theater.

It is acceptable to show a photo of your vaccination card on your phone.