National Playwriting Program

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival supports the development of new voices in theatre and the New Play Program exists to aid in that goal. The National Playwriting Program (NPP) accepts submissions for student work in the following categories:

  • Ten Minute Plays
  • One Act Plays
  • Full Length plays (That have not been produced or given a rehearsed reading at a school in the region)

In addition, if your school is producing a new play (written by a student, faculty member or guest artist) then we strongly encourage you to consider submitting it as an Associate or Participating entry in KCACTF. If you do, then the script becomes eligible for a host of national awards, including the David Mark Cohen award through the Kennedy Center.

For more information on the National Playwriting Program go to the National Website

General Criteria:

  • All plays must be blind submissions, which means that the playwright’s name and any identifying information (including school information) must be removed from the manuscript in its entirety. This includes the title page, and all headers and footers throughout the text of the play.
  • All plays will be evaluated by readers from outside Region 4. Playwrights’ names will be associated with their manuscripts through the electronic form submitted via the Submittable website.
  • Each playwright may submit up to two (2) plays in EACH category (a total of six (6) scripts). Submitting more than two (2) scripts in any one category will render your entire entry ineligible.
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For questions contact:

Becky Becker
Regional NPP Chair