Submission Period Opens for Marin Young Playwrights Festival
The submission window for the fifth annual Marin Young Playwrights Festival is now open. The deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2013. High school students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 are encouraged to submit ten-minute plays for selection to be performed as staged readings directed and acted by teens at Marin Theatre Company (397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley) on Sunday, January 19, 2014. The eight finalists will be announced on Monday, December 16, 2013. This year will be the first year that the festival will have no geographic limitations for submissions - one of the eight finalists will be chosen from outside Marin and Sonoma Counties.
The Marin Young Playwrights Festival celebrates the work of teen playwrights in Marin County and beyond to encourage a focus on playwriting in high schools. Each fall, teens are encouraged to submit original ten-minute scripts to the festival. Members of MTC's Teen Apprenticeship Program review the scripts in a blinded process and select eight finalists. Local teens direct and perform the finalist plays at the annual winter festival held at MTC. MTC's Artistic Staff serve as judges at the festival and select one winning script, which receives a staged reading with professional actors and a professional director at MTC in conjunction with the company's New Play Reading Series. Now in its fifth year, the Marin Young Playwrights Festival receives a minimum of 50 submissions each year.
There is no fee to submit. Submissions must be five to ten minutes long in any genre and possible to perform with a maximum of four actors and no design requirements beyond a few chairs or stools, a small table and simple hand props. Playwrights must be enrolled in high school in the 2013-14 school year. Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year. Musicals, translations and adaptations are not eligible. Collaborations are welcome as long as all participating playwrights are eligible under these rules. Plays must not have received a production prior to submission.
Plays may be submitted through this online form only: https://marintheatre.wufoo.com/forms/2014-marin-young-playwrights-festival/
More information about the festival and submission guidelines:
Founded in 1966, Marin Theatre Company is the Bay Area's premier mid-sized theater and the leading professional theater in the North Bay. We produce a six-show season of provocative plays by passionate playwrights from the 20th century and today in our 231-seat main stage theater, as well as a five-show Theater Series for Young Audiences in partnership with the Bay Area Children's Theatre in our 99-seat studio theater. We are committed to the development and production of new plays by American Playwrights, with a comprehensive New Play Program that includes productions of world premieres, two nationally recognized annual playwriting awards, readings and workshops by the nation's best emerging playwrights and membership in the National New Play Network. Our numerous education programs serve more than 6,000 students from over 40 Bay Area schools each year. MTC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.