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Modern Works Festival
Student Contest

Presented by Summer Wallace


The student play contest is made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

October 8-13, 2019

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Urbanite Theatre




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Festival Performance Dates:

October 8-13, 2019

Sarasota, FL


Student Playwright Eligibility:

Calling all students who attend a Sarasota Cross College Alliance University! Urbanite Theatre is seeking student playwright submissions as part of the 2019 Modern Works Festival.

Festival Award:

The winning student playwright will receive $200.


Submission Rules and Requirements

Urbanite Theatre will only consider submissions that meet the following criteria:


-Submissions must be from female or female-identifying playwrights.

-Students must be must be currently enrolled in a Sarasota Cross College Alliance University. (New College of Florida, -Ringing College of Art and Design, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, University of Florida Manatee-Sarasota)  

-Plays must be a minimum of 45 minutes in length.  

-Plays must require four performers or fewer.

-Quality, female-identifying roles must be well-represented.

-Plays must include a contact page and character breakdown.

-One submission per playwright.

-Playwrights must be available to attend festival for rehearsals, performances, and talkbacks of their play (Oct 7-Oct 9).​

-Any plays that do not follow these requirements will be dismissed.

Festival Rules and Guidelines:

-Plays must be submitted by August 31, 2019

-Winner will be selected by group of panelists in conjunction New College and Urbanite Theatre.

-Winner will be notified by Urbanite Theatre on September 5, 2019

-Student Playwright will be assigned a play development mentor to work with before, and during the festival.

-Student Playwright will receive the following: a professional director and cast, a table read, 12 rehearsal hours, a staged reading with a total of two public performances, (one at Urbanite Theatre and one at NCF) and facilitated post-show talkbacks. 

-Student Playwright is required to participate in the rehearsal process and attend the readings and talkbacks for their play.  -Winning student playwright will receive a $200

-No other royalties or payments will be issued.

-Performances will be held Wednesday, October 9th at 6pm at Urbanite Theatre,  and Thursday, October 10th at 7:30pm at New College of Florida (BBT).

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Festival History

2018 Winner: Mercedes White, The Space In Between

2018 Finalists: Gina Femia, The Violet Sisters. Jayne Hannah, Stalking.

2018 Guest Playwright: Martyna Majok

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