The Big Bridge Theatre Consortium (BBTC) is a consortium of university theatre departments across the country committed to developing new plays dedicated to peace and interfaith dialogue.

The Big Bridge Theatre Consortium was created as a direct response to the rise in xenophobia, sectarianism and racism within the United States. The consortium is committed to combat these issues through the power of the storytelling arts within our university communities.

In the summer of 2017, the consortium will commission a nationally recognized playwright (to be determined) to write a new play dedicated to personal and political experiences of interfaith conflict. The consortium will host a playwright’s workshop for the playwright when the playwright completes the first draft (summer of 2018).

The playwright will have one additional year before to fine-tune the play before the final draft will be due (summer of 2019). Members of the consortium will then have three years (2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22) to produce the play on their campuses.

Current members

  • Carroll College
  • Earlham College
  • George Fox University
  • George Fox University Center for Peace and Justice
  • Gonzaga University
  • Hope College
  • North Park University
  • Notre Dame
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • The University of Portland
  • The University of Sioux Falls

Timeline for Play #1

Commission Date

First Draft Date

Workshop Dates

Final draft Due Date

Production Years

July 1, 2017

July 1, 2018

July/August 2018

Aug. 1 2019


For information on how you can join or contribute to the consortium contact:
Rhett Luedtke, Artistic Director
Big Bridge Theatre Consortium
Professor of Theatre
George Fox University