The KCACTF Ten-Minute Play Award
KCACTF Ten-Minute Play Award
Each region establishes submission criteria for its regional ten-minute play festival. Selected playwrights work with a director, dramaturg, and actors to develop a staged reading of the play, followed by a response session with guest respondents during the regional festival. All colleges and universities with at least one Participating or Associate Entry in KCACTF may enter the Ten-Minute Play Festival at no additional charge. Submissions from schools with no entries in Festival should consult regional websites for entry information.
All nominated regional ten-minute plays will be submitted to the Kennedy Center by the NPP Regional Chairs before each festival; after each festival, the NPP Regional Chair will notify the National Office of the top two ten-minute plays in that region and/or submit revised drafts of those plays to the KCACTF Artistic Director Gregg Henry (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A judging panel will read the sixteen regional nominees (national semi-finalists) and pick the award-recipient play and three additional national finalists to invite to the national festival in April (four playwrights in total).
At the national festival, those four plays will again be presented as staged readings in the Kennedy Center Theatre Lab with casts made up of professional actors from the Washington, D.C., area.
- The outstanding Ten-Minute Plays from each region (eight regions, sixteen plays) may be published by Dramatic Publishing Company.
- A first place cash award of $1000 will be given to a playwright selected from the sixteen national semi-finalists designated by the regions.
- Dramatists Guild Award. All national finalists of the Ten-Minute Play Award will be provided with active membership in the Dramatists Guild.
For more information on entering a ten-minute play, contact your NPP Regional Chair.
Ten-Minute Play Award Winners
Starf*cker by Adam Pasen, Western Michigan University
NANCIES by Adam Groff, Florida State University
Girls Play by Masha Obolensky, Boston University
Armed with Peanut Butter by Dana Lynn Formby, Ohio University
Mammals, by Ryan Dowler, University of Texas-El Paso
By Design, David Eames Harlan, University of Idaho
TATOO by Donna Keegan, Boston University
THE FREEZING PHENOMON by Emily Hawe, New York University
FOR AND AGAINST by Mark Witteveen, Ohio University
BELLEROPHON'S FALL by James Houk, Middle Tennessee State University
THE HOLLOW by Mary Barile, University of Missouri-Columbia
THE RED ZONE by AE Edwards, University of Arkansas
DIGGER by Jessi Sundell, University of Wyoming
HEART by Ross Canton, Loyola Marymount University
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN by Gregory Fletcher, Boston University*
A SAD SONG by Anna Ziegler, New York University-Tisch School of the Arts
WHO IS RUTH? by Matthew J. Hanson, Beloit College
HAROLD AND HERMAN MET ON A FALL AFTERNOON by Austin Sanders, Middle Tennessee State University
THE STORY OF IZANAGI AND IZANAMI by Kristen Wirsig* English Alternative Theatre at the University of Kansas
BREAKFAST WITH FRED AND ETHYL by Benjamin Lutz, Southern Methodist University**
BUTTERCUP by Delondra Johnson, Central Washington University
THE FIRST PAGE by Jan Probst, San Francisco State University
* Winner of the 2004Ten-Minute Play
** Recipient of the Dad's Garage Theatre Company Fellowship
Soot by Christopher Kloko, Emmanuel College
The Freedom Train by Katori Hall, Columbia University
Vanishing Act by Eric Pals, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Faces Fade by Tim Bohn, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Attack of the Asians by Tim Macy, English Alternative Theatre at the University of Kansas
Rumple Schmumple by Megan Gogerty, University of Texas at Austin**
Blind Date Gone Good by Thomas Michael Campbell, University of Wyoming
The Crossing by James Garcia, Arizona State University*
* Winner of the 2003 Ten-Minute Play Festival Award
** Recipient of the Dads Garage Theatre Company Fellowship
by Patrick McKay, Stonehill College, Massachusetts
by Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, New York University
by Jon Haller, Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin
WHATS EATING YOU
by Mack Williams, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
YOUR TYPICAL, EVERYDAY, LIGHTHEARTED, ROMANTIC COMEDY*
by Valerie Johnson, University of Northern Iowa
by Hank Willenbrink, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma
FOREVER BLUE or THE PREGNANCY TEST
by Todd McCullough, University of Wyoming, Laramie
by Ryan Mark, California State University-San Bernardino
*- Winner of the 2002 Ten-Minute Play Festival Award
Lindsay Joy, Life, Love and a 7-11
University of New Hampshire, Durham
Morgan Mitchell, The Lot War
Carnegie Mellon University
Lusona, Jon Haller
Maggie Anderson, Broken Blinker
James Madison University
Sarah Pottorf, Because I Was Sitting Here
Emporia State University
Kathy Doss, Clouds
McNeese State University
Stephen Austin II, Vowels
Western Washington University
Jennifer Kollmer, Youre It
San Francisco State University
Region I: House in the Woods, Jesse Holland, Middlebury College, Vermont
Region II: The Interview, John Paul Nickel,
Point Park College, Pittsburgh,
Region III: Charleston's Finger, Sean Michael Welch, University of Michigan-Flint,
Region IV: The Individuality of Streetlamps,
Anna K. Gorisch, Middle Tennessee
State University, Murfreesboro
Region V: Pterodactyls, Scott Ferree, University of Kansas, Lawrence
Region VI: The Little Things, Graham Gordy,
University of Central Arkansas,
Region VII: The Garden of Earthly Delights,
Stephen Austin II, Western Washington
Region VIII: Steel Spring, Ryan Kelly, University of California, Los Angeles
The Individuality of Streetlamps was selected as the winning 10-Minute Play. The selection was based on a reading of the eight finalists scripts by the 2000 National Selection of KC/ACTF. Ms. Gorisch received a cash award of $1000.
Region I: Edna, Joanna Nadler, Brandeis University,
Region II: Language Lessons, Julia Cho, New York University, NYC
Region III: Comfortable Breakfasts, Joseph Barnett, Miami University, Oxford, OH
Region IV: Love with Dick and Jane, Joe Waechter, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Region V: Party Favors, Jeffrey Carrillo, University of Missouri, Columbia
Region VI: A Little Crazy, Michael Johnson, Tarrant County Junior College, NE Campus, Fort Worth, TX
Region VII: Why Don't We Fish, Tamara Shores, Boise State University, ID
Region VIII: 45, John Aceves, Humboldt State University, Arcadia, CA
Rules and Procedures
- There is a 10-minute (7-10 pages, 12 point font) limit for each play. Plays that arrive at the Kennedy Center will be cut if their running time is longer than 10 minutes.
- The 10-minute play competition is limited to students enrolled in a college or university during the festival year.
- Eligibility for entering a 10-minute play in the national showcase is based on whether the playwright's school has entered a participating or associate level entry in KC/ACTF during the festival year. Plays from schools that do not have a participating or associate entry will submit a $20 fee for each 10-minute play payable to the region.
The national winning 10-minute play will be selected prior to the national festival and will be based on readings of the eligible finalist scripts.
The staged reading of Charleston's Finger by Sean Michael Welch, University of Michigan-Flint, featuring the National finalists of the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship at the National KC/ACTF in April 2000.
Dad’s Garage Theatre Company Fellowship
Another ten-minute play and playwright will be invited to Atlanta as part of the Dad’s Garage Theatre Company’s 8 1/2 X 11: Atlanta’s Most Dangerous Short Play Festival on full fellowship.
Ravishment, Randall Colburn, Southern Illinois University