WELCOME TO THE NATIONAL PLAYWRITING PROGRAM SUBMITTABLE PAGE FOR REGION I

UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS AS WELL AS FACULTY MEMBERS AND GUEST ARTISTS FROM PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS MAY SUBMIT THEIR WORK FOR AWARD CONSIDERATION HERE.
TEN MINUTE, ONE-ACT, AND FULL-LENGTH PLAYS ARE ACCEPTED FOR SUBMISSION.  


The National Playwriting Program’s Mission Statement

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Playwriting Program is dedicated to supporting student playwrights in the development of their original work for the stage, with dramaturgical and performance opportunities that emphasize respect of the written word and for the playwright’s contribution to the theatrical process.

The Playwright’s Bill of Rights: We cannot cut or change lines, alter the structure of the play, or essential stage directions without permission. Playwrights, agents and theatrical publishing companies are approachable and willing to work with us to obtain that permission. We should start that negotiation well before rehearsals begin.

Ends on November 1, 2018

Ten-Minute Plays are no more than 10 minutes long. And no more than 10 pages in a standard Times New Roman 12 pt font. You may find Gary Garrison’s guidelines on the national website helpful. They are reprinted below.

“A Ten-Minute Play is a play with at least two characters that is not a scene, skit or sketch. Structurally, it should have a beginning, middle and end–just like any good one-act or full-length play. Reaching beyond the surface, the text should be enriched with subtext. Since we only have ten minutes to bring the story full circle, a dramatic conflict should be posed as quickly as possible. The resolution of that conflict is what plays out across the remaining pages. The true success of a Ten-Minute Play is reliant on the writer’s ability to bring an audience through the same cathartic/entertainment experience that a good one-act or full-length play accomplishes– i.e., sympathetic characters with recognizable needs encompassed within a resolvable dramatic conflict.

Finally, do your readers a favor: ten minutes means eight or nine pages, but certainly no more than ten pages. READ YOUR PLAY OUT LOUD to see how it times out using standard playwriting format, 12 pt. Times New Roman font.”

If the student’s school has any other associate or participating productions registered, the student is free to submit his or her play. If the school has no registered productions, the student should contact the Region I NPP Chair for submission instructions. The submitted plays will be read by at least three readers from a different region. The top six selected plays will be invited to Region I’s Festival.

Should you be one of the selected playwrights you must be able to attend the festival or your play will be disqualified. Do not submit your play unless you are able to attend.  

Please fill out the form below completely.  We may have to contact you over the winter break if your play is chosen.

In addition there are other awards that your play can be considered for.  If your play meets the requirements described to the right of the award name, check the box next to the award and your play will be considered.

Ends on November 1, 2018

A One Act play is defined as a play of one act without intermission that, within itself, does not constitute a full evening of theatre; the running time of a one-act play is under 60 minutes, and when typed in standard format, a one-act play is approximately 15-45 (or so) pages in length.

Each entry must have had a period of significant development at the student’s college or university to be eligible. If the student’s school has any other associate or participating productions registered, the student is free to submit his or her play. If the school has no registered productions, the student should contact the Region I NPP Chair for submission instructions.  npp.chair.region1@gmail.com  The submitted plays will be read by a panel of readers from a different region. Two of the top choices will be invited to Region I’s Festival. 

All One Act plays are considered for the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play and invitation to our regional festival in February. Plays are selected through a blind reading exchange process with another region of the country. Two plays will be selected and invited to be presented in a concert reading at festival. 

Should you be one of the selected playwrights you must be able to attend the festival or your play will be disqualified. Do not submit your play unless you are able to attend.

You will be assigned a director and will cast the play with festival participants. Both plays invited to festival will be put forward for consideration at the national level and may be selected for the festival in Washington DC.

Please fill out the form below completely. We may have to contact you over the winter break if your play is chosen.

In addition there are other awards that your play can be considered for. If your play meets the requirements described to the right of the award listed check the box next to the award name and your play will be considered.

Ends on December 1, 2018
A full length play is longer than one hour in playing time.
NOTE:  Full length plays must also be submitted directly to Gregg Henry at the National Office.

Gregg Henry 

GHENRY@KENNEDY-CENTER.ORG 


The Ken Ludwig Scholarship is supported by a generous donation by award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig, the author of comic hits including Crazy for You and Lend Me a Tenor. This scholarship is based on a student playwright's body of work. Writers submit a resume of their work, a nominating letter from a faculty sponsor, three scripts (one of which must be at least 60 minutes in length) and a cover sheet for each play.

Materials must be entered here but also emailed directly to the artistic director of the Kennedy Center (ghenry@kennedy-center.org) in PDF format.

Writers must be a current undergraduate or within two years after graduation with an undergraduate degree. Writers must be planning to attend a college or university theatre or writing program in the festival's academic year.

The individual must represent a school that has a KCACTF associate or participating entry in the current Festival Year.

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival - Region 1