New Works Festival

Date & Time:
Friday, January 8, 2021 - 4 p.m.

New Works Festival: Our Gendered Present in Conversation with Our Past

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of women at Saint Mary's College. The SMC Theatre Program's Fall 2020 New Works Festival invites our campus community to engage with this historical marker and share our own narratives related to gender. 

This on-demand film will include short original works, created by students of all gender identities, that center women (transgender and cisgender), non-binary, gender fluid, genderqueer, and gender variant characters and experiences. 

Written, directed, designed, filmed, and performed by students, these new works include:

  • A comedic peek at the first class meeting of Introduction to WAGS
  • A touching tribute to our Black alumnae
  • An empowering visit to an anonymous chat room
  • A surprising twist on the adage men are dogs
  • One genderfluid person's journey from dysphoria to self-acceptance

Content and trigger warnings:

"Intro to WAGS" uses profanity, "Beyond the Screen" has a coming out discussion, and "Dogwalker" mentions relationship violence, a not very realistic depiction of a blood injury, and profanity.

CLICK HERE to Watch Film  

The film may be watched at any time of the day, despite the listing of additional performances listed below.

FREE, but contributions are welcome to help fund the Spring Musical Theatre Experience and allow us to continue to hire industry professionals for our students to work with. Click the button below to make a donation:

Info sheets created by students of the New Works Festival class:




Tara Sundy
(925) 631-4670

Additional Dates & Times: 
Friday, January 8, 2021 - 4 p.m.
Saturday, January 9, 2021 - 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 10, 2021 - 2 p.m.
Monday, January 11, 2021 - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 4 p.m.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 8 p.m.
Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 8 p.m.
Friday, January 15, 2021 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 16, 2021 - 7 p.m.
Sunday, January 17, 2021 - 8 p.m.
Monday, January 18, 2021 - 8 p.m.
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