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.

Inaugural Playwright

BBTC commissioned Arlene Hutton (see bio below) in July 2017 to write BBTC’s first play. Hutton will workshop the first draft of her new play on the George Fox campus June 18-23, 2018. Her final draft is due in July 2019, at which point all of BBTC’s consortium members will have the opportunity to produce the play on their campuses.

Arlene Hutton

Arlene Hutton (third from left, working on a script with actors) 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.

Timeline for Play No. 1

Commission Date July 1, 2017
Workshop Dates June 18-23, 2018
First Draft Date July 1, 2018
Final draft Due Date Aug. 1, 2019
Production Years 2019-2022

Future Projects

BBTC will commission a playwright who can write from the Muslim perspective in 2019, and a playwright who can write from the Jewish perspective in 2021. Both will address interfaith conflict and peace as seen through their specific cultural lenses. 

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