New Plays from the Heartland

The Mike Dobbins Memorial New Plays from the Heartland


Three new winning one-act plays from 9 Midwest states, presented as staged readings for three performances.  A nationally known playwright will be our guest, conducting a workshop with the winning playwrights, delivering a free forum to the community, and attending the opening of the festival. Made possible by Sponsors Paul and Sandra Harmon.

About the NPH Project

The History of the New Plays from the Heartland

The Mike Dobbins Memorial New Plays from the Heartland (NPH) provides Midwestern playwrights a chance to share their original plays with residents of Central Illinois. Heartland Theatre Company solicits new, never-produced one-act plays from writers in nine Midwestern States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Previous Winners

Play submissions are judged for excellence by a panel of judges who review all of the submitted plays to choose the top six entries. The six finalists are then sent without identification to a final judge, an experienced playwright with national prominence, who chooses the final three plays for a staged reading at our theatre.

The three winning plays are presented as fully staged enhanced readings (costumes, lighting, props, movement) on July 12, 13 and 14.  On July 11, our guest playwright Brett Neveu offers a forum for playwrights with tips for writing successful plays. On July 12, our guest playwright conducts a master class with the winning playwrights.

Details and Information about the competition here.

Heartland Theatre Company is dedicated to providing playwrights a forum for recognition in our theatre and our community.