The development of story-tellers for the future of the American Theater may be one of the most valuable educational programs that the ETC can offer the Santa Barbara community. The Young Playwrights Festival is a 4-month-long program that gives young writers a safe and nurturing forum from which to create a 10-minute play that is subsequently produced and staged with professional directors and actors for public audiences. There is no cost to apply or participate.
The Young Playwrights Festival will return in our 2024-25 Season!
ETC is seeking union and non-union actors of all ages and types for is 10-minute Young Playwrights Festival.
HOW TO AUDITION To audition, please submit a video with 1 or 2 short monologues not more than 3-minutes in total length. Be sure to slate your name and contact information in your video introduction. You will also be asked to submit a headshot and resume.
File names should be your first and last name. i.e. BrianMcDonald.mov or BrianMcDonald.pdf
Acceptable video file types .mov or .mp4 Acceptable document file types: .doc, .jpeg, .jpg, .pdf
DEADLINE Submission must be received be Monday, April 24 at 11:59 p.m. to qualify.
REHEARSALS and PEFORMANCE
The first two rehearsals will take place online via Zoom between May 8-19. There will be one final rehearsal on stage at The New Vic on Saturday, May 20 between 9am and 12noon. The readings will happen that same afternoon at 2pm. Actors will not be expected to memorize the material.
COMPENSATION If selected to participate, actors will receive a modest honorarium.
For more information, please contact Director of Education, Brian McDonald at 805.965.5400 Ext. 541 or via email at email@example.com.
Students who complete the Young Playwright Festival program will receive multiple and varied opportunities to develop their creativity and gain artistic skills. Phase One includes 2 hours a week of classroom instruction focusing on the fundamentals of playwriting, the evolution of playwriting in American theater, and essential principles of drama. Students will engage in writing exercises, theater games, and creative exploration. At the completion of this first phase, students will have completed a rough draft of a 10-minute play. Phase Two provides one-on-one guidance from a professional playwright to help students during the revision process. Phase Three gives students the opportunity to collaborate with a professional theater director to cast and produce staged readings of the plays for the public. After each play is performed the playwright participates in an on-stage Q&A session with the audience.