Submissions for PlayBuilders 5th Annual Festival of Original Plays Are Now Open!

PlayBuilders of Hawai’i is now accepting, half an hour or less, one-act plays for its fifth Annual Festival of Original Plays. Newly established as “The PlayFestival,” this year’s festival will feature short one act plays focusing on the geographic place where playwrights live or work and will be held Thursday nights in March of 2016, at the ARTS at Marks Garage.

A panel of adjudicators comprised of professional theatre makers will judge the plays based on quality of plot, dialogue, characterization, structure, and originality. Several participants in the past, including Mark Tjarks (Houseless in Paradise) and Kirstin Trombetta (The Waipahu Project), have been commissioned by PlayBuilders to write our community-collaborative plays.  In addition, other theatre companies have selected plays featured in our festival to part as part of their seasons, including, Jan McGrath’s Outage and Nancy P. Moss’ Will the Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up, which was produced by TAG and Kumu Kahua Theatres in 2013.

This year, the festival features a youth night for students, grades 6- 12 and for the very first time, PlayBuilders is offering free playwriting workshops Sunday afternoons in October to help playwrights with basic playwriting skills and to  learn the process of community-collaborative playwriting.

PlayBuilders One-Act PlayFest Submission Guidelines

  • All submissions must be emailed to by December 15, 2015. Hard copies are unacceptable.   Plays will be judged and selected by a play reading committee. Playwrights will be notified of selection by January 15, 2016.

  • Playwright Divisions

    • Adult -One Act- (30 minutes or less)

    • Youth intermediate -6th though 8th grades- (15 minutes or less)

    • Youth upper-9th through 12th grades- (15 minutes or less).

    • For the youth divisions, plays may be submitted by teachers or by students with written permission from their parents. Classroom/ after school program submissions will also be considered.

  • Theme

  • “Place”– Plays must be informed by true stories, gathered through live interviews with people who know about the geographic place where you live or work.  When you approach someone to interview, explain, who you are and that you are writing a play. Request them to , “Tell me a story about this place” and see where the conversation takes you. To insure safety, students should not approach strangers without adult supervision. However, adults are encouraged to strike up a conversation with anyone, strangers included.

  • Adjudication

  • Professional theatre makers will judge the plays based on  plot, dialogue, characterization, structure, and originality. There will also be a special “Audience Appreciation Award."

  • Workshops

  • Free playwriting workshops will be offered Sundays in October. Details to follow soon. Instructors in PlayBuilders of Hawai’i Theater Company is an insured, 501 C3 corporation. Donations are tax deductible.


For more information, please contact Terri Madden at 808-218-0103 or email her at