Playwriting (NPP)

The National Playwriting Program (NPP) of KCACTF offers a staggering number of opportunities for playwrights. At Region I, we encourage you to submit your work and are here to help you through the process.

Two important changes have been made for this year. 
1.  For this year we are opening up the number of plays a student can submit. (In the past the restriction was 2 ten-minute plays, 2 one act plays, 1 full-length. You may submit as many plays as you wish.
2. You may submit a play you’ve submitted before (especially if you’ve made alterations to it).

We have endeavored  to make the process as smooth as possible; when the inevitable questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact us at: npp.chair.region1@gmail.com.

We look forward to your submissions, and hope to see you at Festival!
Best regards,

James Ryan Caldwell
NPP Chair, Region I
Manhattan College

Rafael Mejia
NPP Vice-Chair, Region I
CUNY Hostos Community College

Goals and Focus

NPP is dedicated to supporting student playwrights in the development of their original work for the stage, with dramaturgical and performance opportunities that emphasize respect for the written word and for the playwright’s contribution to the theatrical process.

The National Playwriting Program’s Mandate is:

  • To offer progressive mentorship of student playwrights that honors the integrity of individual voice, and is aimed at nurturing students into professional playwrights
  • To strive to create links with individual artists and institutions in the professional sphere, and to provide opportunities for the production of student work
  • To advocate for theatrical text and to preserve the integrity of the playwright’s intent within all stages of the collaborative process.
  • To engage and support faculty members who are developing new work in their theatre programs.

Original Play Submission Deadlines and Guidelines

AWARD NAME AWARD TYPE DEADLINE  GUIDELINES
THE NATIONAL TEN MINUTE PLAY AWARD National Nov. 1  MORE INFO | SUBMIT
DAVID MARK COHEN AWARD Regional Nov. 1  MORE INFO | SUBMIT
JOHN CAUBLE SHORT PLAY AWARD Regional Nov. 1   MORE INFO | SUBMIT
MICHAEL KANIN PLAYWRITING AWARDS National Dec. 1   MORE INFO | SUBMIT

All plays are submitted through Submittable.

Please remove your name and school affiliation from your playscript.