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 is April 1, 2017. 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 14, 15 and 16. On July 13, our guest playwright offers a forum for playwrights with tips for writing successful plays. On July 14, the three winning playwrights receive a master class with our visiting nationally-known playwright.
About the competition: HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PLAY