Miami University Regionals Theatre

Miami University Regionals Theatre. Be a Voice not an Echo. 3 photos from different plays.

MIAMI WRITES 2021

About Miami Writes:

Miami Writes is a Miami University Hamilton Theatre program dedicated to the fostering and production of new plays by student and local playwrights. The program began in 2004. Past productions have included works by Brandon Berning (Miami Hamilton student playwright whose Miami Writes-developed play, A Painted Life, won second place in the 36th annual Great Lakes Region Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 2005), Ruth Britt, Danielle Ervin, Roberta Flackwood and Bridget Ossmann. Ms. Ossmann’s work, the musical, Teachers Left Behind received a full production by MUH Theatre in 2010 in Parrish Auditorium. The Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative awarded this play and Ms. Ossmann’s more recent one, Purple Paint (a drama about a Kentucky coal mining family) the honor of readings at The Aronoff Center in Cincinnati. Allyson West’s 2015 Miami Writes submission winner, Texican, is now an award-winning film.

Play submission deadline:

February 22, 2022 by 11:59 PM

About the Reading: 

  • The reading is March 4, 2022
  • 7:30 PM
  • Studio 307 (307 Phelps Hall) on the campus of Miami University Hamilton
    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, Ohio 45011

*A talkback follows each reading immediately afterward. This portion of the evening should be part of the production in its entire; therefore, patrons are strongly encouraged to stay and participate. Each patron is given forms to fill out for each play. This is done to focus discussion and provide the playwrights with feedback not covered in the talkback session.

About Submitting

Send play submissions to

  • Bekka Eaton at eatonrl@miamioh.edu
  • Electronic submissions only.
  • Submit short plays or portions of longer ones. Maximum length presented at the reading—10-15 minutes. Usually, one page equals roughly one minute of playing time.
  • Each playwright must submit one play only
  • If you are submitting a longer one-act or full-length play, please be clear about what 10 to 15-minute section you would like to have read. Submit the entire play. You must include a clear and cogent recap of the action preceding and following the section of the play you are submitting. This will be for the audience’s information should your play be selected.
  • Scripts must follow the template below.
  • It is highly recommended that you use either Times or Courier fonts. These are standard for play submission. If you do use another font, make sure it is a standard font available to all computers. A good guideline is to use only HTML fonts.
  • Scripts must be paginated.
  • Clearly underline or highlight any stage directions you will need to be read aloud. A guide for what stage directions to include is to imagine what the audience will need to know that is happening visually. The less stage directions, the better your play will read.
  • FRONT MATTER:
    • Include a brief synopsis
    • Include the setting
    • Include brief character break-downs for each character
    • On a cover page include:
    • Contact phone number
    • Email
    • Playwright’s brief bio

 

*All playwrights must be able to attend the reading in person.