WELCOME TO THE NATIONAL PLAYWRITING PROGRAM SUBMITTABLE PAGE FOR REGION III

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, 2017
A Ten Minute Play is 10 pages or fewer in length with 12 point font.

All ten minute plays are considered for the Gary Garrison Ten Minute Play Award and invitation to our regional festival in January.  Plays are selected through a blind reading exchange process with another region of the country.  Up to six plays will be selected and invited to be presented in a rehearsed reading at the region III festival. From this six, two finalists will be chosen and 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 name, check the box next to the award and your play will be considered.
Ends on November 1, 2017
A One Act play is more than 10 pages in length with a running time less than one hour.

All One Act plays are considered for the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play and invitation to our regional festival in January.  Plays are selected through a blind reading exchange process with another region of the country.  Up to six one act plays will be selected and invited to be presented as a staged reading at the region III festival. 

Should your play be selected you may bring a staged reading from your school or university.  If you cannot bring a staged reading, it may be performed at the festival by students from other schools or universities. Two of the six 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 November 1, 2017
A full length play is longer than one hour in playing time.

This opportunity is for playwrights from schools who have NOT entered this play as either an associate or participating production in Region III.

One full-length play will be chosen for a script-in-hand reading at the Region III festival. In addition to the general guidelines for all submissions, please note the following additional guidelines for full-length plays:
  1. Running time for the play must be longer than 60 minutes.
  2. If selected, the playwright is expected to attend the regional festival where the play will be given a script-in-hand reading. If the playwright cannot attend the festival his/her play will still be eligible for the Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards, provided that the play has been either produced by a college or university, or publicly presented in a "rehearsed" or "staged reading" format following a significant development process. This reading can occur at their home school or at the regional festival (either is acceptable).
  3. If chosen to participate in the Region III festival, the playwright may choose to bring their own director and cast, or s/he can choose to have a director assigned and a cast selected from among the actors who audition for the ten-minute play readings on the Wednesday afternoon of the festival.
  4. The selected play will automatically become eligible for all national awards for full-length plays from the KCACTF (The Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards Program), except the National Student Playwriting Award, which must be awarded to a play entered as a participating production.
NOTE:  Full length plays must also be submitted directly to Gregg Henry at the National Office:
 ghenry@kennedy-center.org 


If you have any questions regarding full length play submissions, and if you would like to submit for consideration for the national awards but NOT the region III festival award, please contact Andrew Morton, Region III National Playwriting Program Chair at: kcactf3npp@gmail.com


Ends on December 1, 2017
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.