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.
NOTE: Full length plays must also be submitted directly to Gregg Henry at the National Office.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.