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. The deadline for submissions was April 1, 2019 Plays are now under consideration.
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 readings (costumes, lighting, props, blocking) on July 12, 13 and 14. On July 11, our guest playwright offers a forum for playwrights with tips for writing successful plays. On July 12, the three winning playwrights receive an exclusive master class in the afternoon with our visiting nationally-known playwright Brett Neveu, and are honored at a playwrights reception following the performance that night.
About the competition: HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PLAY
Previous Winners of New Plays from the Heartland