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FORM: PLAYWRIGHT'S TEN-MINUTE PLAY
Deadline Nov. 1, 2014

FORM: PLAYWRIGHT'S ONE ACT PLAY
Deadline Nov. 1, 2014

FORM: PLAYWRIGHT'S FULL-LENGTH PLAY
Deadline Nov. 1, 2014

Contact: National Playwriting Program Chair, Region III

 

Michael Kanin

Playwrights

National Playwriting Program

Updated October 9, 2014

PROGRAM INFORMATION

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Playwriting Program (NPP) offers three (3) programs for student-written work: ten-minute plays, one act plays, and full-length plays. See below for specific guidelines and awards for each program, but please make note of these overall guidelines for ALL manuscripts:

  • All plays must be blind submissions, which means that the playwright's name and any identifying information (including school information) must be removed from the manuscript in its entirety. This includes the title page, and all headers and footers throughout the text of the play.
  • All plays will be evaluated by readers from outside Region 3. Playwrights' names will be associated with their manuscripts through the electronic form submitted via the Submittable website.
  • Each playwright may submit up to two (2) plays in EACH category (a total of six (6) scripts). Submitting more than two (2) scripts in any one category will render your entire entry ineligible.

Ten-Minute Play

For KCACTF, a ten-minute play is ten (10) pages or fewer (in 12 point typeface, not including character information or title page). Please note that the maximum limit for this category is ten pages - do NOT send us any more than ten pages on the assumption that the run time will be under ten minutes.

Up to six (6) one act plays will be chosen as finalists by readers outside the region, and will be given rehearsed readings at the Region 3 Festival. From these six, two (2) finalists will be chosen for the national ten minute play festival at the Kennedy Center, and the playwrights will be asked to submit their scripts to the Kennedy Center for consideration.

 

submit PLAYWRIGHT'S TEN-MINUTE PLAY
Submit this online form.
Scripts are Due November 1, 2014

 

One Act Play

For KCACTF, a one act play is more than ten (10) pages, and less than one hour playing time. Generally 15-45 pages in length, a one act play is performed with no intermission.

Up to six (6) one act plays will be chosen as finalists by readers outside the region and will be given readings at the Region 3 Festival. From these six, two (2) finalists will be chosen to be considered for the John Cauble Short Play Award, and the playwrights will be asked to submit their scripts to the Kennedy Center for consideration.

 

submit PLAYWRIGHT'S ONE ACT PLAY
Submit this online form.
Scripts are Due November 1, 2014

 

Full-Length Play

This opportunity is for playwrights from schools who have NOT entered this play as either an associate or participating production in Region 3. One full-length play will be chosen for a script-in-hand reading at the Region 3 Festival. In addition to the general guidelines listed above, 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 3 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.

 

submit PLAYWRIGHT'S FULL-LENGTH PLAY
Submit this online form.
Scripts are Due November 1, 2014

 

Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards Program

Michael KaninThe distinguished playwright and screenwriter Michael Kanin (1910-1993) arranged for a remarkable series of awards to be given to student writers whose plays are produced as part of the festival. The purpose of the program is to encourage college students to write for the stage by providing the opportunity for them to engage in the complete playwriting process.

The playwrights who have participating and associate productions can submit for the David Mark Cohen Award up until Dec. 1.

Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards Program

Standardizing the Playwriting Format

Updated October 13, 2009

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