Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival

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Dobama Theatre is accepting submissions for the 41st Annual Marilyn Bianchi Kids' Playwriting Festival!

Submissions are open for the next Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival. Since 1979 the MBKPF has been an integral part of Dobama Theatre’s mission to provide educational outreach programming. Our goal is to provide a platform for children to express their thoughts, hopes, dreams and creativity through the writing of original plays.

THE RULES ARE SIMPLE

Any student grades 1-12 can submit a play, whether home-schooled or attending a public, private or charter school – all are welcome!

  • Plays must be the original work of the individual student who is submitting it. No collaborations, adaptations, or copying situations or characters from movies, TV, books, video games or other plays.

  • Submitted plays should be no longer than 10 minutes when read aloud.

  • The play may be any genre: comedy, drama, mystery, fantasy - wherever your imagination leads you.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

Plays typed in a Word Document can be emailed to youngplaywrights@dobama.org. While we strongly encourage electronic submissions, hard copies of typed plays may be mailed to:


The Marilyn Bianchi Kids' Playwriting Festival
Dobama Theatre
2340 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

*Please include a title page and a completed Entry Form. Entry Forms can be downloaded below.

  • Every play will be read and scored by at least three judges, all of whom have writing, education and/or theatre experience.

  • Readers award points on the basis of imagination and human values as much as playwriting skills. The age and grade of each playwright will be taken into consideration by the judges.

  • Between 8 and 12 high-scoring plays will be selected for production on Dobama's stage for the Festival performances in June.

SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR GETTING STARTED

  • Start with a topic or situation that interests you.

  • Try reading the play out loud. Does the dialogue sound natural? Does the audience have the information they need to understand what's happening? Do all the characters contribute to the story?

  • Time your play as you read it. Is it 10 minutes or shorter?

  • Every play needs characters! The characters can be people, animals, monsters, robots, plants, anything. Aim to have between 2 and 10 characters.

  • Every story needs action. What are the characters trying to do? What stands in their way? How do they try to solve the problem? (Remember that a play is different from a movie, so think about whether your story can be acted out onstage)

  • Remember, these are just suggestions!

Click below for tips on writing and formatting your play.

HEY, EDUCATORS!

Dobama Theatre offers playwriting workshops and residencies surrounding the Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival. Presented by professional teaching artists, our Playwriting Programs are fully customizable for every grade level and the unique needs of each class. Download a Workshop Guide below for more information. Contact Education Associate Carrie Williams at youngplaywrights@dobama.org to see how you can bring Playwriting Programs to your school.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Submissions for the 41st MBKPF are due by MARCH 1, 2019.

  • Winners will be announced after APRIL 8, 2019.

  • The 41st MBKPF Performances will take place JUNE 7-9, 2019.

What are you waiting for? START WRITING!

To submit a play, book a workshop, sponsor a workshop, or find out more, email Education Associate Carrie Williams at youngplaywrights@dobama.org.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
START WRITING SOMETHING!

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 41st ANNUAL MARILYN BIANCHI KIDS' FESTIVAL received after the deadline WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THE
42nd ANNUAL MARILYN BIANCHI KIDS' FESTIVAL.

Any questions? Email Education Associate Carrie Williams at youngplaywrights@dobama.org