Theatre For Young Audiences
National Playwriting Competition
The University of Central Missouri Department of Theatre and Dance is embarking on its fifteenth year of soliciting scripts for its National Playwriting Competition; which encourages the writings of original works for children's theatre productions.
Winner receives a $1000 cash award and World-Premiere production in the University of Central Missouri Department of Theatre's mainstage season. The production will receive six performances to potentially 2000 children and general audience members.
The production will be entered as an associate or participating entry in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
Submissions must be an original and unpublished work not produced professionally. Running time of production approximately 45-60 minutes.
Please submit one copy of the script in PDF or Word format to John Wilson:
All script submissions must be received by Tuesday, October 31, 2017.
All entrants will be notified of the winner by mid-December. Please include email address with entry.
The University of Central Missouri Department of Theatre and Dance has been producing children's plays for over twenty-nine years in our academic season and in the summer with Central Missouri Repertory. Since our 2001 season, we are now focusing the direction of this program on the production of world-premiere original plays. To support this mission we have established the National Playwriting Competition to encourage the writing of new original children's plays.
For additional information contact
National Playwriting Competition
Department of Theatre and Dance - Martin 113
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
2002 - Tales With Tales by J.M. Wilkerson, Directed by Julie Rae Mollenkamp
*Commendation for Excellence in Costume Design at KCACTF
2003 - Kalifa's Amazing Adventures by Nikki Harmon, Directed Julie Rae Mollenkamp
*Commendation for Excellence in Costume Design and Sound Design at KCACTF
2004 - In the YOSE: Tales From Japan by Patricia Montley, Directed by Julie Rae Mollenkamp
*Selected for Performance at Regional V Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in St. Louis;
1st Place Barbizon Award for Lighting Design Excellence at KCACTF;
2nd Place Regional Design/Tech/Expo AND Meritorious Achievement Award - Puppets at KCACTF;
Meritorious Achievement Award for scenic/props design and dramaturgy;
Student Dramaturgy Award at KCACTF;
Kennedy Center National Selection Team Commendations for scenic/props design and three actors
2005 - Escape From Central Park Zoo by Nikki Harmon, Directed by Julie Rae Mollenkamp
*Meritorious Achievement Award for Sound Design and Costume Design at KCACTF
2006 - A Tale of Two Heroes: The Adventures of El Matador and Flynn the Swashbuckler
Music, Lyrics and Book by Sam Stokes, Directed by Richard Herman
*1st Place Barbizon Award for Lighting Design KCACTF Region V
3rd Place Barbizon Award for Lighting Design KCACTF National Festival
1st Runner Up Barbizon Award for Costume Design KCACTF Region V
2007 - Shadow Gets a Black Eye A Karagoz Play by Enver Sayan, Directed by Julie Rae Mollenkamp
*Received seven awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
This was more than any production represented in Region V.
The Awards included stage management, dramaturgy, sound design, scenic design,
costume design, puppet design and ensemble performance.
2008 - To the Rescue by Tim Rothwell and Joel Moses, Directed by John Wilson
*Received Meritorious Achievement Awards in Costume Design and Sound Design
The costumes were also showcased in the Region V Costume Parade.
2009 - Morgan & the Falcon Prince by Jim Anderson & B.J. Hursh, Directed by Richard Herman
2010 - Chance of Rain: A Noah Riff by Kato McNickle, Directed by John Wilson
2011 - Ribbit by Earl Sherburne, Directed by John Wilson
2012 - And We Will Share the Sky by Donna Latham, Directed by Julie Rae Mollenkamp
*Finalist for the KCACTF National David Cohen Playwriting Award;
Received Meritorious Achievement Awards for Costume Design and Millinery Construction.
2013 - A Thai Tale by Nikki Harmon, Directed by Julie Rae Mollenkamp
*Certificates of Merit for Scenic Design, Lighting and Animation Design, Sound Design,
Costume Design and Stage Management
2nd Place Regional Poster and Publicity
2014 - Gustav - The Goose Who Wouldn't Fly by Matt Fotis