2019 College Playwrights Festival

2019 College Playwrights Festival January 17-20

FAQ for students and teachers: CLICK HERE

Submission Form: CLICK HERE


What is it?

Barter Theatre’s College Playwrights Festival is a one-act playwriting festival dedicated to celebrating college undergraduate playwrights, giving them an opportunity to develop their work in a professional environment.

How does it work?

Each participating college submits plays from their students to the CPF. A panel of Barter Theatre professionals reads each play blind, chooses the top six plays, and those plays have public readings during the Festival.

  • The top six playwrights will have:
    • One-on-one mentorship with a Barter professional before the festival to work on his or her play
    • Opportunity to be present at all rehearsals of her or his play during the Festival
    • Talkbacks with playwrights of the Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights, Barter professionals, and mentors

What are the guidelines for the plays?

Each playwright must be sponsored by a teacher from their school. This simply means that the teacher has read the play and thinks it is ready to submit. A teacher may sponsor as many students as they wish. Each play must include a completed submission form, cover page, and character list. Each play should be under 50 minutes. 6 actors per play maximum (if doubling can occur, please notate in character description page). No adaptations, no musicals. The playwright can write about any topic he or she chooses, but it must be an original piece. Submissions will be accepted from undergraduate playwrights who attend colleges and universities in the states of Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

When is the Festival?

The College Playwright Festival will be from Thursday, January 17 to Sunday, January 20, 2019. Public readings will take place, 3 per day, on January 19-20, 2019 at Barter Theatre Stage II. The play chosen as First Place in the CPF will also be read during the Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Winners will be housed from Thursday, January 17 through Sunday, January 20, 2019, and will receive a meal stipend.‚Äč

How do I submit?

All play submissions must include the attached submission form and emailed to: cpf@bartertheatre.com

Submission Form:CLICK HERE

Submissions must be received by Friday, November 16, 2018. Please note: this is not a postmark date, but a received date; late submissions will not be accepted. Winners will be notified mid to late November.

Questions? Want to sign up?

Contact Festival Director Barrett Guyton (cpf@bartertheatre.com)

Barter Theatre's College Playwrights Festival is made possible through the generosity of our sponsors:

Dr. Bert Bach

Henry and Flora Joy