Circle Theatre High School Playwriting Contest
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Contact:           Matthew Gray or Faye Austin
Phone:             817.877.3040

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Finalist Caroline Cabe talks to Director Alan Shorter during the 2017-2018 High School Playwrighting Project earlier this year. 

Each year, the High School Playwriting Project begins with invitations to area high school teachers and students to enter 10-minute scripts for evaluation by an experienced panel of judges.

These judges read the anonymously submitted plays and choose 20 plays to send to Connie Whitt-Lambert, theatre professor at Texas Wesleyan University. The panel of judges is made up of local theatre professionals, including playwrights, directors, producers, teachers, and professors.

The High School Playwriting Project is open to all students and is not limited to theatre classes. Teachers or students wishing to participate in next year’s playwriting project may email

The deadline for script submissions is Friday, January 11, 2019.

The public reading of the finalists’ plays will take place at 3pm on Sunday, May 5th, 2019at Circle Theatre. Alan Shorter will direct the readings. A reception honoring the students and their teachers will immediately follow the readings and awards ceremony. The public reading is free of charge and open to the general public, as well as families and friends of the playwrights. Finalist and semi-finalist students and their teachers will receive cash stipends, certificates, trophies, and complimentary theatre tickets as an acknowledgement of their participation and accomplishment.

The 23rd annual High School Playwriting Project is sponsored by the Pangburn Foundation, JP Morgan, Trustee and the David and Betty Sacks Foundation.

About Circle Theatre
Founded in 1981 by Rose Pearson and Bill Newberry, Circle Theatre is currently producing its 37th season of live theatre in Fort Worth. Circle Theatre's mission is the advocacy of contemporary plays rarely seen in this community. Circle is committed to presenting professional, innovative theatre in an intimate setting. The Theatre is partially supported by the City of Fort Worth; the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County; the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Further support comes from the Amon G. Carter Foundation; Communities Foundation of Texas; Ann L. and Carol Green Rhodes Charitable Trust - Bank of America, NA; the Pangburn Foundation, JP Morgan, Trustee; the Sid W. Richardson Foundation; and The Shubert Foundation, Inc.

For further information call 817.877.3040, from 12pm – 5pm, Tuesday through Friday. 

Circle Theatre is located in Sundance Square
at 230 West 4th Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

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