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  • TenFest 2022


    Congratulations to the winning playwrights

    1. Birdbrains by Elizabeth Nieuwsma-Dell
    2. Family Business by Tegan Garon
    3. Holland Park by Jack Rushton
    4. Making Babies by Mary Beth McNulty
    5. One Awful Day in Krampusburg by Patrick Cornacchio
    6. The Cat Lady by Dvora Zipkin
    7. The Dancing Queens by Ryan Poulin
    8. The First Anti-Vaxxers by James McLindon
    9. The trees and deception by Margot Lasher
    10. You on the Other Side by Adam Boothe


    Call for actors 

    This year’s TenFest, a festival of 10-minute plays whose theme this year is “Out in the Open” will feature 10 short plays set in a park.

    • Actors of all ages, experience and genders welcomed. We always love to have new people come and play!
    • Auditions will consist of cold readings.
    • Wed May 18th 6 – 8 pm & Sat, May 21st , 1 pm – 4 pm. actors welcome at either or both days’ auditions.
    • At the Valley Players Theater, Route 100 in Waitsfield
    • The festival shows take place from Thursday, August 18th - Sunday, August 21st (curtain is at 7:30pm except for on Sunday the 21st there is a 2pm matinee only.)
    • All actors must be present for tech week the week prior to the show. (This is the first time we run the show in order with all present!)
    • Actors are encouraged to take 1 or 2 parts and it should be noted that we work as a team during both acts of the performance to help change set pieces/set props.
    • We are also looking for production staff: to assist in building the set, collecting props, costuming and front of house staff, sound board operator.
    • For questions, email us at vtplaywrightscircle@gmail.com or see www.vtplays.com
    • COVID precautions Include vaccinated actors only and masks.


    Submissions for this year now CLOSED

    Stay tuned for an announcement about our winners.


    Vermont Playwrights Circle TenFest 2022 Call for Scripts

    This year's theme is “Out in the Open!”


    The Vermont Playwrights Circle is accepting scripts for our annual TenFest, a festival of ten-minute plays by Vermont playwrights. (Taking place this year from Thursday, August 18 – Sunday, August 21st) Any Vermonter may submit a play. We consider you a Vermonter if you have lived here for three consecutive months at any point in your life.


    We want NO MORE than 10 minutes’ worth of play. This does not necessarily work out to 10 pages of play, so be sure to read your finished play aloud, not rushing, accounting for anticipated action, and time it. We will not accept plays that are longer than 10 minutes.


    Plays should have a maximum of four characters. We tend to get mostly women-identified actors, and we like to be as inclusive as possible, so we reserve the right to accept more plays with women-identified or gender neutral/non-binary characters. We also may ask if you are accepted whether we can change a male character to a female or gender-neutral character.


    All plays must follow this year's theme of “Out in the Open.” and take place in a park. Interpretations of the theme and the setting are up to the playwrights.


    Format your play using proper playwriting format. Check out Samuel French’s formatting page here: http://playwrightslocal.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Samuel-French-Formatting-Guide.pdf?msclkid=be2fb4a5b60c11ec8f76b5e91d9d2507


    All plays are judged anonymously. Please make sure that your name or other identifying information does not appear anywhere on the script.


    We will be accepting plays only via email this year. Send your play to: vtplaywrightscircle@gmail.com Deadline to submit is May 7th at 11:59 pm. Any emails received after that point will not qualify for this year’s festival.


    Include the following two documents, either Word or PDF:


    1) A Cover Page that includes:

    • Your full name
    • Mailing address
    • Phone number(s)
    • email address


    2) Your play that includes:

    • A character list (Please keep these simple, and when possible, flexible concerning gender, physical description, etc.)
    • A brief synopsis of your play
    • Include the title of the play and page numbers in the header of your script, but do not include your name.

    We love to have playwrights who wish to collaborate with us when possible. While this is not mandatory, possibilities for involvement could include coming to auditions or a producer’s meeting, joining us for the first read through, attending rehearsals, being in contact with the director, attending performances, including our Saturday Playwrights Reception, etc. We are always happy to get some author feedback and involvement.

  • Who we are & what we do...

    We are theater artists from many disciplines, and

    we are theater lovers who want more original works.

    Best of TenFest, 2018

    Cast of 1,3,2 by Michael Weems,

    Barry Bolio & Christine Williamson



    What do we do?

    We promote original theater works written by Vermont Writers. We consider a Vermont Writer anyone who has lived in Vermont for a period of three consecutive months at any time in their lives. We believe that in living a season in Vermont, people create lasting connections to the state that they take with them when the move, and we recognize that our seasonal community members contribute a value to our local artist community.

  • Workshops

    Now at a new location

    Currently, the workshop is being held on Zoom...

    Please email vtplaywrightscircle@gmail.com for current link to workshop. Sometimes we do add workshop nights or have to cancel last minute, so it’s always good to double check with us.


    Our dates for meeting in 2022 are as follows:

    From 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm on the 3rd Tuesdays of the month:

    March 15th

    April 19th

    May 17th

    June 21

    July 19

  • The Blog

    Workshops, Readings & Events

    Above, Andra Kisler in “Naming Opportunities” by Lars Nielsen Monthly Workshops Information ...
    November 23, 2018
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    Our first Video Project - Silver Lining by Roger Strauss

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