Iowa Thespian Festival
Iowa Thespian PlayWorks
Iowa Thespians is proud to present the second annual Iowa PlayWorks. Any Thespian from the state of Iowa is eligible to submit a play for Iowa PlayWorks. There are two components to the PlayWorks program:
If you have any questions, email our PlayWorks coordinator, Alan Strait, at email@example.com
Who can submit?
Any active Thespian from the state of Iowa can submit ONE play for Iowa PlayWorks. There is no limit to the number of students who can submit a play from each school. This event is connected to the Playwriting category of the International Thespian Excellence Awards (Thespys) program. Student writers that are interested in participating in the PlayWorks program should submit their play to the Thespy Award Portal. The Thespy Award performance fee is $20.
STUDENTS: CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR SCRIPT TO THE THESPY AWARD PORTAL
SCRIPT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 1, 2021
The following guidelines are based on the International Thespian Excellence Awards (Thespys) program. If you have questions on the guidelines, contact our Thespy Award Coordinator, Aaron Dean, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Playwriting, the skills measured are:
Plays must be the original work of a single student 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. Only one play may be submitted per student.
The entrant must prepare:
Theatre professionals will review and critique all play submissions through the Thespy Award program. Based on adjudicator scores, up to two scripts will be selected to be performed in a staged reading with an All-State cast on the Gallagher-Bluedorn stage at the festival.
An All-State cast will be selected based on the character needs of the chosen play(s). Playwrights will have an opportunity to work with the director and cast members during a virtual read-thru prior to festival. At festival, playwrights will assist the director in the rehearsal process with the actors before the performance on the Gallagher-Bluedorn stage.
ALL-STATE STAGED READING INFORMATION
Prior to festival, a cast of student actors from around the state will be selected to participate in the festival performance. During festival, the selected actors will work with a theatre professional to prepare for the performance. The staged reading will be performed for the full festival delegation on the Saturday of festival.
NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ALL-STATE STAGED READING. The creative team will work with troupe directors to select cast members based on the characters needed. This character breakdown will be determined after the selected script(s) is determined. The creative team may arrange a pre-festival virtual read-thru to familiarize the actors with the script before in-person rehearsals/performance at festival.
If you are a student interested in performing in the staged reading, you are encouraged to have your troupe director email our PlayWorks coordinator, Alan Strait, at email@example.com with your information. This will help the creative team as they recruit actors.
OUR GOAL IS TO GET AS MANY SCHOOLS AS POSSIBLE INVOLVED IN THE ALL-STATE STAGED READING!