Playhouse Nashville Seeks Scripts For 2012 Ten Minute Playhouse Presentations

October 28
1:18 PM 2012


Eager to feed Music City's growing appetite for quality original theatrical material, Playhouse Nashville is now accepting submissions for the fourth incarnation of its popular showcase for Middle Tennessee artists, The Ten Minute Playhouse-named one of The First Night Award's Top 11 Theatrical Events of 2011.

We're very excited about returning to Street Theatre Company with this edition of The Ten Minute Playhouse," says co-curator Chris Bosen. "We think bringing The Ten Minute Playhouse back to where it began is an exciting way to launch Playhouse Nashville's eagerly anticipated year-long residency at Street Theatre Company in 2013."

Slated for December 9 and 10, The Ten Minute Playhouse returns to Street Theatre Company for its 2012 run. Deadline for submissions by Tennessee playwrights is 5pm Saturday, November 17. Submissions may be sent as PDF attachments via email to Full submission guidelines and requirements are available online at


Bosen and co-curators Nate Eppler, Garret Schneider and Lauren Shouse have guided The Ten Minute Playhouse's growth over the last year and a half by presenting 42 new plays by 29 local authors and featuring The Combined talents of more than 60 area actors and directors. The upcoming December event will add to those rapidly growing numbers.

"Our audiences, and our collaborators, continue to clamor for more – more opportunities to experience fresh scripts, more exposure for new voices, and more chances to see locally grown theatre artists in the spotlight," says Eppler, who twice has been honored with the First Night Award for Outstanding Original Production in both 2010 and 2011. "We're happy to give Nashville more of what they're asking for by presenting the very best scripts we can, and pairing them with top-notch actors and directors."

Playhouse Nashville Seeks Scripts For 2012 Ten Minute Playhouse Presentations

Actors and directors interested in participating in the staged readings are invited to visit the website for additional information and email Playhouse Nashville to volunteer. For more information please visit

Details on Playhouse Nashville's 2013 season in residence at Street Theatre Company-including productions of two full-length plays in addition to a pair of Ten Minute Playhouse events-are available at

Pictured: The Ten Minute Playhouse co-curator Lauren Shouse (right) facilitates a post-reading discussion with playwrights (L to R) Nate Eppler, Brittany Carlton, and Nicolas Puetz.

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Jeffrey Ellis Jeffrey Ellis is a Nashville-based writer, editor and critic, who's been covering the performing arts in Tennessee for more than 25 years. He is the recipient of the Tennessee Theatre Association's Distinguished Service Award for his coverage of theatre in the Volunteer State and was the founding editor/publisher of Stages, the Tennessee Onstage Monthly. He is a past fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and is the founder/executive producer of The First Night Honors - the history of which can be traced to 1989 and the first presentation of The First Night Awards - which honor outstanding theater artisans from Tennessee in recognition of their lifetime achievements and also includes The First Night Star Awards and the Most Promising Actors recognition. Midwinter's First Night honors outstanding productions and performances throughout the state. An accomplished director, Ellis helmed productions of La Cage Aux Folles, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and An American Daughter, all in their Nashville premieres, as well as award-winning productions of Damn Yankees, Company, Gypsy and The Rocky Horror Show. Ellis was recognized by The Tennessean as best director of a musical for both Company and Rocky Horror. In 2015, he directed William Inge's Picnic for Circle Players and Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years for VWA Theatricals, with The Larry Keeton Theatre's production of Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest set for spring 2016.

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