Playworks

This program is an opportunity for Georgia Thespians to see their original scripts workshopped with a professional director or playwright. One submitted selection will be chosen to participate in a staged reading, including an audience feedback session at ThesCon. In addition, complete plays that meet the requirements for the International Thespian Festival  will have the opportunity to submit their work to that conference.

Eligibility

Writers must be active members of the International Thespian Society enrolled in high school during the current school year. The selected finalist must be registered to attend the upcoming Georgia Thespian Conference as well as attend the Playworks event. 

Submission Guidelines

Plays must be the original work of a single Thespian writer. Collaborative works or adaptations won’t be considered, nor will plays that include music, lyrics, or dialogue written by anyone other than the submitting writer. Plays can be about any subject but should have a running time of up to 20 minutes (approximately twenty typed pages). Writers may submit more than one play for consideration. Judging criteria is based on plot construction including the use of conflict and resolution; character development including language, motivations, and objectives; pacing; and overall submission.Play scripts must be typed and emailed to playworks@gathespians.org. Submissions must be done in 12-font using the format posted on the PlayWorks website. Please download and include the Cover Page document and include a Cast List which briefly describes the characters . The Title Page and the Cast List page don’t count as one of your pages of script.

Script Support

Teachers and students are welcome to utilize the Playwriting Unit Plan as a tool to get started writing. This unit plan coordinates with the Georgia Standards of Excellence in both the theatre standards and the newly introduced Dramatic Writing with ELA course. The unit is designed for new and emerging playwrights to build the skills that are essential for creating successful plays. It is comprised of writing exercises and smaller projects that culminate in the writing of a one act play suitable for admission to PlayWorks.

PlayWorks Event at Conference

One selected piece from submitted works will be presented as a prerecorded staged reading at the conference. The playwright(s) will be contacted in December and announced at the January LeadCon. The lead committee member for the event will collaborate with volunteer actors to bring the text to life. Audience members will observe the readings and participate in a guided talk-back. The reading and talk-back process may be attended by any conference attendee.

This selected piece will also be eligible for competition at the ITF level.

IT IS THE STUDENT’S AND TROUPE DIRECTOR’S RESPONSIBILITY TO APPLY FOR ITF BY THEIR DEADLINE. 

Rights

Your work is protected by copyright from the moment it is created. As the writer, you own the play and have exclusive control of the rights to produce, publish, and adapt it. By submitting your script to the Georgia Thespian PlayWorks program, you are agreeing to allow Georgia Thespians to mount a staged reading of your play.  All other rights remain the exclusive property of the playwright.

Qualification for ITF (if event is live in 2021)

The New Works for PlayWorks and MusicalWorks shown at ThesCon will be awarded eligibility to compete on the International level. If  the script is chosen by ITF, registration fees, which include room and board as well as admission to all ITF events, will be covered by ITF. 

Submissions selected by ITF will also be eligible for a travel reimbursement to aid with their travel to ITF, up to $400. Committee members will contact the selected writers about this process.