Who We Are

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.

BBTC was created as a direct response to the rise in xenophobia, sectarianism and racism within the United States. The consortium is committed to combating these issues by commissioning new American plays dedicated to personal and political experiences of interfaith conflict.


Playwright #1: Arlene Hutton

The Shakers of Mount Lebanon Will Hold A Peace Conference This Month by Arlene Hutton

BBTC commissioned Arlene Hutton (see bio below) in July 2017 to write BBTC’s first play. The Shakers of Mount Lebanon Will Hold A Peace Conference This Month will begin its rolling opening in the 2019-20 school year as Hutton continues to hone the play throughout the year.

Catch the show at one of the following universities in 2019-20:

  • Hope College (MI): Nov. 15-17 & 21-23, 2019.
  • Point Loma Nazarene University (CA): Nov. 14-17 &  21-23, 2019.
  • George Fox University (OR): Jan. 30-Feb. 1 & Feb. 6-9, 2020.
  • North Park University (IL): April 22-25, 2020.
  • Seattle Pacific University (WA): April 23-25 & April 30-May 2, 2020.

Arlene Hutton

Arlene Hutton (third from the left) is best known as the author of The Nibroc Trilogy, which includes Last Train to Nibroc (NY Drama League Best Play nomination), See Rock City (Spirit of America Award) and Gulf View Drive (LA Weekly and Ovation Award nominations). Her plays have been presented at FringeNYC, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Off- and Off-Off-Broadway, and at theatres across the U.S., in London and throughout the world.

Her works include Letters to Sala, I Dream Before I Take the StandAs It Is In Heaven, The Three Sisters Brontë and Happy Worst Day Ever, commissioned by Cincinnati Playhouse and winner of the 2010 Macy’s New Play Prize.

A member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, an alumna of New Dramatists and a resident playwright at Access Theatre, Hutton is a three-time winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival, an eight-time finalist for the Heideman Award, a finalist for the Francesca Primus Prize, and recipient of the Lippman and Calloway Awards, an EST Sloan Commission and a NYFA grant.

Her residencies include the Australian National Playwrights Conference, New Harmony Project, Blue Mountain Center, MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Hutton’s scripts are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Playscripts and Overlook Press. She is on the faculty for the Sewanee School of Letters and teaches playwriting at The Barrow Group in New York City.

Playwright #2: Rohina Malik

Layla and Her Friends (working title) by Rohina Malik

BBTC commissioned Rohina Malik (see bio below) in July 2019 to write BBTC’s second play. Layla and Her Friends (working title) will begin its rolling opening in the 2021-21 school year

RohinaRohina Malik (www.rohinamalik.weebly.com) is a critically acclaimed, award winning Chicago playwright and solo performance artist. She was born and raised in London, England, of South Asian heritage. Her one-woman play Unveiled was developed and had its world premiere at the 16th Street Theater, where it received critical acclaim. Rohina’s play, The Mecca Tales, was produced by Chicago Dramatists in 2015 and nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Play.

Her play, Yasmina's Necklace, had its world premiere at the 16th Street Theater in January 2016, directed by Ann Filmer, and was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Play, and was remounted at the prestigious Goodman Theater.  She is a Resident Playwright Emeritus at Chicago Dramatists, an Artistic Associate at the 16th Street Theater and an Artistic Associate at Voyage Theater Company in NYC. Malik was selected to receive the 2018 Lee Reynolds Award, given annually to a woman active in any aspect of theatre whose work has helped to illuminate the possibilities for social, cultural, or political change. 

Malik's plays have been produced at the 16th Street Theater, The Goodman Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, Crossroads Theater, Chicago Dramatists, Next Theater, Brava Theater, Voyage Theater Company, Silk Road Rising, Theater Project Baltimore, Mustard Seed Theater, New Rep theater, Greater Boston Stage Company and Water Tower theater in Dallas.

Unveiled was presented in two South African Theater festivals: The Grahamstown Arts Festival and the 969 Festival in Johannesburg.

Rohina is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.   

  • This project used the services of Maia Directors, a consulting group for artists and organizations engaging with Middle Eastern stories and beyond. (www.maiadirectors.com)

Future Projects

BBTC will commission a playwright (yet to be determined) who can write from the Jewish perspective in 2021.

For information on how you can join or contribute to BBTC, please contact:
Rhett Luedtke, Artistic Director, Big Bridge Theatre Consortium
Professor of Theatre
George Fox University
414 N. Meridian St.
Newberg, OR 97132

Current members

  • Carroll College
  • George Fox University
  • Gonzaga University
  • Hope College
  • North Park University
  • Notre Dame
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • The University of Portland
  • The University of Sioux Falls

Additional Members for Project 1 (2017-19)

  • Earlham College
  • George Fox University Center for Peace and Justice
  • Samford University