Student Playwriting Showcase

2020 Student Playwriting Showcase

This contest is open to students of NYSTEA members. Selected plays are performed during the 2020 NYSTEA Student Conference at the Villa Roma Resort, January, 2020. Visit the Student Conference page for more information on attending the conference.

The deadline for submissions is Saturday, June 1st, 2019.

Follow the guidelines below to format your play. Use the submission form at the bottom of the page to submit your play after you’ve proof-read and double checked the formatting!

Again, the deadline for submissions is June 1st, 2019. Questions? Email the Playwriting Committee.

Teachers and Advisors: Become part of the Panel of Readers! Application deadline is March 30th, 2019. If selected, you will be notified by April 15th, 2019. You receive your portion of plays to read and score by June 15th, 2019. All scores must be submitted by August 1st, 2019. 



Playwriting Showcase Guidelines

    • Scripts are to be 5 minutes in length (be sure to time your piece). 
    • Two to three characters maximum.
    • Be very specific with setting and stage directions.
    • Think carefully about your characters. The actors portraying them are selected from your peers at the Student Conference!
    • Plays that do not follow our Formatting Requirements will not be considered. 
    • Dialogue must be written in a size 12 font.
    • First page is the official NYSTEA page that includes:
      title centered; playwright’s name, email, school, region, sponsor’s name and email.
    • After the official NYSTEA cover page there must be a title page.
      • Center the title of your play in the middle of the page. There should be nothing else on this page besides the title.
    • List all your characters and include a short description: name, age, personality, additional important information.
    • Describe the action on stage as soon as the curtain opens, before any of the characters speak. Remember to describe the action that begins each scene when necessary.
    • At the beginning of each scene include an “at rise.”
    • Describe your setting, this should be written in paragraph form. Include all important details.
    • Write all stage directions in parenthesis.
    • Place a line space between each character’s lines.
    • Files may only be submitted in .doc or .docx format.
    • Plays are evaluated by a panel of readers from throughout the state!
    • Scoring for each play is based on this rubric.