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New Voices

New Voices Playwriting Competition 

University of Oregon Theatre Arts Department seeks student submissions of previously unpublished, never produced, play scripts. Submissions will be reviewed anonymously by a panel comprised of faculty members from the Department of Theatre Arts and invited graduates and undergraduate judges.


A concert reading of the winning script(s) during the Spring term and a fully rehearsed production in the Hope Theatre. This will be done with the full support of the Department of Theatre Arts directed by a faculty member during Winter Term. If selected for production, the show will be a participating entry in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) and the scripts will be submitted to the KC/ACTF for consideration in play award categories.



This competition is open to all Theatre Arts undergraduates and graduate students at the University of Oregon. Students are encouraged to enroll in TA 409 (Practicum) for Fall term. Playscripts must be full length 30-90 pages with no more than nine characters. Also, the play must be unpublished, unproduced, and free of royalty and copyright restrictions. Plays which have had previous workshop readings or Pocket Playhouse productions are acceptable. No musical or screenplays will be accepted. 

Playwrights may submit only one script.

Scripts are judged anonymously. Authors must REMOVE all identifiable information from scripts for their work to be considered.


2018-2019 New Voices brings: 

Just a Shack in the Woods by Connor French and Smudge by Meg Schenk
Directed by Tricia Rodley

Meg Schenk (Left) and Connor French (Right)


Tickets and more information on Just a Shack in the Woods and SMUDGE at

Austin (Chris Arreola, Left) and Hunter (Cade Holbrook, Right) from Just a Shack in the Woods by Connor French. Photos by Pam Cressall

Bea (Savvy Rogan, left) Olivia(Dani Rosales, center left) Piper (Emily Mair, center right) and Ryn (Alison Parker, right) in Smudge by Meg Schenk. Photo credit Pam Cressall.











For historic New Voices photos click here!


Any questions may be directed to professor Michael Najjar.
He can be contacted during office hours in Room 209 Villard Hall or by email-