WELCOME TO THE NATIONAL PLAYWRITING PROGRAM SUBMITTABLE PAGE FOR REGION 5

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.

This is a unique opportunity to meet one-on-one during festival week with a playwriting professional in order to gain deeper insight about your work as a playwright.

How it works:

  •  Choose one play on which you would like a playwriting mentor to focus.
  •  The play is sent to the mentor in December in preparation for discussion at the festival.
  •  A mentor assignment and meeting time/location is sent to you in the weeks leading up to the festival.
  • You and your mentor meet for one hour to discuss your play. (It is a good idea to bring along some   other plays from your portfolio if you have them, as the mentor might like to discuss other aspects of your work.)

For questions about the Mentorship Program, please email Region 5 NPP Chair: sean.byrd@normandale.edu

Student Dramaturgy Award
 
The LMDA/KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Award is designed to recognize contributions by student dramaturgs to the conception, development and production of theatre with dramaturgical work that participates fully and uniquely in the collaborative act of making theatre and in promoting social discourse around the theatrical event. 

The National Award - LMDA/KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Award 

Eligibility:

You are eligible for the National Award if you served as the dramaturg for a production or workshop during Festival 51 (January through December 2018) and your school participates in KCACTF (the production does not have to be a participating or associate entry). 

  • To enter, you must be either an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at least part-time (6 semester hours) at the time of the creation/completion of the project that is being submitted for the award.
  • A faculty mentor (preferably the director of the production you dramaturged) at your school must be able to vouch for your work on the project and must provide a letter of nomination on your behalf (please include this letter in your Digital Protocol).

The Regional Award - Region 5 ATHE Student Dramaturgy Award 

Eligibility:

You are eligible for the Regional Award if you served as the dramaturg for a realized or unrealized production or created a class project and your school participates in KCACTF  (i.e. your school has entered at least one show as a participating or associate entry in Festival 51, January – December 2018).

The Regional Award winner will receive regional recognition during the Awards Ceremony, January 2019.

  • To enter, you must be either an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at least part-time (6 semester hours) at the time of the creation/completion of the project that is being submitted for the award.
  • A faculty mentor (preferably the professor for the class, if it is a class project) at your school must be able to vouch for your work on the project and must provide a letter of nomination on your behalf.

The Digital Protocol Includes:

  • A title page, identifying the dramaturg, the project, and the school. Include your address, phone number, email address, and date of the project. 
  • Two statements written by the dramaturg, one describing the breadth and scope of teh project and its challenges, the other detailing the process from start to finish.
  • A letter of nomination from a faculty member.
  • As much documentation of process as possible. Unrealized projects should reflect thoroughness in forethought and planning rather than documentation of the production process (since these projects are usually unrealized). Realized projects should reflect thoroughness in forethought and planning as well as documentation of the production process. 
  • All materials that seem relevant, but do not exceed 100 pages. This may include information from websites created; questions asked during the process; and information gathered for individual packets. We are not interested in you scanning everything that you researched, but in you analysis and compilation of materials researched. 
  • All materials must be in .pdf.doc, and .docx format only. 

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTERING THE DRAMATURGY EVENT IS DECEMBER 7, 2018 AT 5PM.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING YOUR DIGITAL PROTOCOL IS JANUARY 8, 2019.

For questions regarding your Dramaturgy materials, please contact Region 5 KCACTF Dramaturgy Coordinator, Cat Gleason at gleasonc@missouri.edu.


KCACTF Region 5