April 30, 2019

Seeking Submissions for the 2019 Midwest Dramatists Conference

The Midwest Dramatists Center (MDC) is pleased to announce the third Midwest Dramatists Conference, to take place September 26-28, 2019. MDC is a Kansas City, Missouri-based organization and we invite play submissions from playwrights across the country.

Industry professionals Katrin Hilbe and Gwydion Suilebhan will serve as adjudicators of the play readings held during the conference and conduct workshops for the playwrights whose plays have been selected for the conference. Katrin is a director and producer from New York and Gwydion is a creator and founder of New Play Exchange (NPX). Additional adjudicators will be announced on our website this summer.

We are currently seeking 10-minute plays with no limitation on theme. Plays must have no more than four characters, and be no more than 10 pages of script with standard formatting. Each playwright receives a 25-minute slot that includes their play reading and adjudicator comments. The play must be unpublished, but previous productions or readings are acceptable.

The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2019, and selected playwrights will be notified on or around July 15, 2019. There is no submission fee, and up to 45 playwrights will be selected. One submission will be accepted per playwright, and submissions will be closed after 500. The conference will provide actors and directors from Kansas City’s vibrant professional theatre pool.

Conference registration is $220. Playwrights whose plays are chosen are required to attend in order to have their plays read at the conference. In addition to the play reading with adjudicator feedback, conference registration includes the opening night reception, breakfast and afternoon snacks Friday and Saturday, the Gala dinner, and breakout sessions. More details about the conference will be announced at www.midwestdramatists.org.

This year we are adding an exciting addendum to the conference: the Midwest Dramatists Conference Youth (MDCY). Sunday, September 29 we will present eight plays by local young playwrights. Conference participants are encouraged to attend. (See Midwest Dramatists Conference Young Playwrights Reading call and watch our Facebook page and website for further details.)

Please send scripts to director@midwestdramatists.org as a blind submission (no name or other identifying information) and include a brief biography and any production history in a separate document. Scripts that fail to follow the submission guidelines will be disqualified.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Olathe, Kansas, 12080 S Strang Line Road. There is a special hotel discount for artists visiting from out of town. Please let the hotel know you are attending the conference when you call for reservations. The local airport is Kansas City International (MCI), in Kansas City, Missouri.