New Plays from the Heartland



The Premiere of Three Winning New One-Act Plays from the Midwest:
2023 Performances of Enhanced Staged Readings:  July 14, 15, and 16, 2023 and Open Forum with our Guest Playwright (Yet to be announced) is July 13

7:30 pm all dates except July 16 at 2:00 pm

Sponsored by Paul and Sandra Harmon

In July 2023 we will present three new winning one-act plays from 9 Midwest states. 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 the Town of Normal Harmon Arts Grant, The Mirza Arts & Culture Grant from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation and Sponsors Paul and Sandra Harmon. 

Besides the Master Class with a nationally known playwright, and the realization of their plays in staged readings, the winning playwrights receive a $150 honorarium.



April 1, 2023 is the Deadline.


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, limited blocking or movement) in July. Our guest playwright offers a forum for playwrights with tips for writing successful plays, and conducts a master class with the winning playwrights.

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

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