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Local teens performing in last year's festival | photos by Jay Yamada

10-Minute Play Festival

Marin Young Playwrights Festival
SUBMISSION WINDOW IS NOW CLOSED. Finalists will be announced on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

Performance: Saturday, March 7, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.

The Marin Young Playwrights Festival celebrates the work of teen playwrights in Marin County and encourages a focus on playwriting in local high schools.

Each fall, teens who live in Marin are encouraged to submit original ten-minute scripts to the festival. Eight finalists are selected to be performed by local teens at the annual festival held at MTC. A winner is chosen by MTC’s Artistic Staff to receive a staged reading with professional actors.

For more information, please contact the education staff, 415.388.5200 x3310.

  • Submission Guidelines

    Bay Area high school students are invited to submit original plays of five to ten minutes in length in any genre, except musicals, translations or adaptations.

    The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. on January 9, 2015. Now accepting submissions.

    There is no fee to submit. Only electronic submissions (.doc or .pdf format) will be accepted – an upload link will be made available on this site. Applicants must fill out the online form when uploading their scripts.

    Please no phone inquiries.

    Playwrights must be enrolled in a Bay Area high school in the 2014-15 school year. Collaborations are welcome as long as all participating playwrights are eligible under the rules.

    Please note: Of the eight finalists selected, seven will be chosen from Marin and Sonoma County high schools and one from a Bay Area high school outside of Marin and Sonoma.

    Play submissions must be possible to perform with four actors or fewer.

    Plays must have simple design requirements, such as chairs, stools, a small table and/or simple hand props.

    Plays must not have received a production prior to submission.

    Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year.

    Scripts must follow standard stage play formatting, with one-inch margins and 12-point font. 10 page maximum.

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  • Finalists

    Eight finalists will be announced on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

    All finalist playwrights are required to attend a meeting at MTC that will be scheduled for a date between January 21 and January 28. Failure to attend the meeting may result in losing a spot as a finalist.

    The Marin Young Playwrights Festival Reading Panel will read all submissions and select eight finalists.

    Please note: No more than two finalists will be accepted from any one high school.

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  • Performance of Finalists

    The eight finalist plays will be performed by the Teen Company at MTC on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.

    Members of MTC’s artistic staff will serve as judges and will select one winning script, which will receive a staged reading with professional actors and a professional director at MTC during the run of The Way West (April 16–May 10, 2015).

    This event is open to the public.

    The playwright will be invited to attend rehearsals and will be able to make modest adjustments to the script between rehearsals.

    Rehearsals will take place on Wednesdays – 2/4, 2/11, 2/25 and 3/4 – from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
    Tech Rehearsal will take place on Saturday, March 7, at 10:00 a.m.

    The performance of each script must be 10 minutes long or less.

    Simple props and costumes are allowed. Simple, generic furniture will be provided. No other set pieces are permitted.

    Actors must perform with scripts in hand, even if they have memorized their lines.

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  • Reading Panel

    Students interested in choosing the finalist plays can become a part of our Reading Panel. They will read all submissions and work with other panel members to choose the top eight finalists.

    Reading Panel members cannot have submitted a play for festival considerationand must be available to meet at MTC on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.