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Aaron Higareda
South Hope St.
University of California, Riverside

Karly Thomas
Oh My God Did You Lose Weight?
University of California, Riverside


Anna Watts
The Feminine Urge To Disappear
University of California, Los Angeles

Bettina Ernst
Loving, We Freed Ourselves
Loyola Marymount University


Campana Award Recipient


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The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Playwriting Program is dedicated to supporting student playwrights in the development of their original work for the stage, with dramaturgical and performance opportunities that emphasize respect of the written word and for the playwright’s contribution to the theatrical process.

Region 8 sponsors both a 10-minute and a one act-play competition at our regional festival. Six 10-minute plays and three one-act plays are selected through an exchange process with another region of the country. All plays are read “blind” (without the author’s name or school affiliation) to avoid bias in the selection process. The six 10-minute plays and three one-acts selected will be presented as staged readings at the regional festival.

A group of qualified respondents will select 2 of the 10-minute plays and 2 of the one-acts as national semi-finalists; those 4 scripts will be sent forward to the national office for consideration at the national level in Washington D.C. in the spring. The plays will be judged as written work, not based on the presentations at festival.

Invited Plays

Invited Plays

One Acts

Anna Watts

Feminine Urge to Disappear

Bettina Ernst

Loving, We Freed Ourselves

Andrew-Elijah Schindler


10 Minute Plays

Aedan Ferrara


Halle Harper

The Test Never Lies

Aaron Higareda

South Hope St.

Lucca Rodriguez

Empty Box

Karly Thomas

Oh My God, Did You Lose Weight?

Caroline Thompson

5 Dates

Staged Readings

Casts Lists
Invited Guests

Invited Guests

Michael J. Mejia
World of Wonder
Marisela Treviño Orta
Heather Helinsky
Literary Manager
Jef Petersen
National NPP Vice Chair
Emmanuel Wilson
Dramatists Guild
JR Caldwell
Region 1 NPP Chair
Festial Schedule



Monday, February 12

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Main NPP Room - AU 211

Auditions for the One Acts and 10-Minute Play Festival. Actors will audition with sides from the plays. Auditions will be done in partners.

Cast lists will be posted on main NPP Room door, via social media, and our website.

Workshop 3

Thursday, February 15

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

NPP-Dramaturgy Room - AU 114

Workshop with Heather Helinksy, dramaturg and literary manager with the Playwrights Foundation.

Workshop 4

Crafting a Career as a Playwright

Friday, February 16

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

NPP-Dramaturgy Room - AU 114

Workshop with Marisela Treviño Orta, a professional, published playwright.

Workshop 1

Playwrights Have Rights! (Musical Theatre Writers, Too)

Tuesday, February 13

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

NPP Room 3 - CS 177

The Dramatists Guild Bill of Rights, a document long-held as an industry standard in how theatre writers may interact with the process of a script from conception to production. 

10-Minute Performance

Thursday, February 15

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Kreider Hall

Readings of our 10-Minute Play finalists immediately followed by a response from our Guest Artists.

Workshop 2

Professional Development Intensive for Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists, and Librettists

Wednesday, February 14

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

NPP-Dramaturg Lounge - AU 114

Designed specifically for theatre writers selected as part of the NPP Program, the Dramatists Guild hosts a focused, dedicated open-forum session to prepare tomorrow’s writers with essential tools and skillsets to take the next big step in their career. Participants

One Act Performance

Friday, February 16

9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Kreider Hall

Readings of our One Act finalists immediately followed by a response from our Guest Artists.


Rehearsal Schdule

February 13

Main NPP Room - AU211
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  - Test Never Lies

12:00 p.m. -   2:00 p.m.  - Dialogue

  2:00 p.m. -   4:00 p.m.  - South Hope St.

  4:00 p.m. -   6:00 p.m.  - Oh My God, Did You Lose Weight?

  6:00 p.m. -   8:00 p.m.  - 5 Dates

  8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  - Empty Box

NPP Room 2 - SR 116
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Loving, We Freed Ourselves

12:00 p.m. -   2:00 p.m. - Feminine Urge

   2:00 p.m. -   4:00 p.m. - Eli

February 14

Main NPP Room - AU211
   9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  - Dialogue

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  - 5 Dates

11:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.  - Empty Box
12:00 p.m. -   1:00 p.m.  - South Hope St.

  1:00 p.m. -  2:00 p.m.  - Test Never Lies

    2:00 p.m. -  3:00 p.m.  - Oh My God, Did You Lose Weight?

Main NPP Room - AU 211
  3:00 p.m. -  5:00 p.m. - Feminine

  5:00 p.m. -  7:00 p.m. - Eli

  7:00 p.m. -  9:00 p.m. - Loving We Freed Ourselves

February 15

Kreider Hall
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - 10 Minute Tech

Main NPP Room - AU211
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Feminine Urge to Disappear

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Eli

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Loving We Freed Ourselves

Kreider Hall
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - One Act Tech
The Team



Miguel Torres Cruz
NPP Chair


Rosa Navarrete
NPP Vice Chair


Cristina Goyeneche 
NPP Vice Chair


Timo Class
NPP Stage Manager

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