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Playworks competition is a national qualifying playwriting program and script development workshop for high school writers.

The 2016 Texas Thespians Playworks winners were Alyssa Faykus, Brenham HS and Taylor Slaton, Lake Ridge HS. 


Alyssa Faykus is a graduate of Brenham High School, where she served as Troupe President. She has been in involved in shows such as Bye Bye Birdie, These Shining Lives, and many others. This is her first play she has written and she will be attending Stephen F. Austin State University. Alyssa was also the National winner in Lincoln!

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Taylor Slaton is a graduate of Mansfield Lake Ridge High School and has been in theatre for twelve years. Her previous roles include Fern in Charlotte's Web, Squire Trewlaney in Treasure Island, and Grandma Georgina in Willy Wonka to name a few. Three Minutes is the second of four plays Taylor has written, and is her most prized play. She was inducted as a Thespian her freshman year, and was also a theatre officer the first year Mansfield Lake Ridge High School was opened. She has always had a passion for theatre, as has her family, and she plans on pursing theatre education in college.

Winning playwrights hold staged readings of their plays during Texas Thespian Festival and work with a professional dramaturg who critiques their play. Winning plays will receive complimentary festival registration!

2017 Texas Thespian State Festival Playworks 

Deadline: October 13, 2017





  • Email your script in a PDF file to Nicole Morgan.
  • Plays should be no longer than 15-20 minutes when read aloud. Include a cover page with the title of the play, your name, school, troupe number, e-mail, phone number, director’s name, email, phone number.
  • No restrictions on content, language or format. Also, include a header or footer with the title and page numbers. Character, dialogue, and stage directions must be clearly distinguished. 
  • Plays must be the original work of a single Thespian writer. Collaborative works or adaptations won’t be considered, nor will plays that include music, lyrics, or dialogue written by anyone other than the submitting writer. Musicals should be submitted to Thespian Musicalworks. Plays can be about any subject but should have a running time of thirty minutes or less (approximately thirty typed pages). Writers may submit more than one play for consideration.

  • Beginning September 1, participants may submit scripts for review by the Thespian Playworks staff. Up to two plays will be chosen for workshop readings and development at Texas Thespian Festival 2016. Please read these submission guidelines carefully before submitting your script.


Participants must be active members of the Thespian Society enrolled in high school during the 2016-17 school year.  Important: if your script is selected as a finalist, you must be available to attend Thespian Festival 2016, at the Dallas Omni and Convention Center and you are responsible for the cost of your own travel.

Finalists will be responsible for the cost of their travel to the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska. Their registration fees, which include room and board and admission to all Festival events, will be paid by their own Thespian Society

Submission procedures to Texas Thespians competition

  • Playscripts must be typed (12-point type preferred).
  • Submit a clean pdf copy of the script.
  •  Include a cover page, with the following information: the title of your play; your name, email address, telephone number(s); your Thespian troupe number; the name of your school; the name and telephone number of your troupe director; and the words “Thespian Playworks Submission” in the subject line.
  • Also attach a headshot and short bio
  • All participants will be contacted after submission and again after the script review process is completed.
  • Send to: Nicole Morgan at

Workshops and performance 

Up to two playwrights will be chosen to participate in play development workshops and script-in-hand readings at the Texas Thespian Festival 2016. The playwright and actors will collaborate with a director and dramaturg; the emphasis will be on bringing the play to life on stage with minimal production elements and on strengthening the script through rewrites. The student playwrights will be part of the production team, as they observe the readings, consult with their dramaturgs, receive and provide feedback, and work on revisions. They will work with pre-festival casting from their own school or surrounding area.  The process will culminate in readings of the scripts, or portions of them, before a Thespian Festival audience, followed by an audience talkback.

Texas Thespian Playworks winners are not automatically entered into the International Thespian Playworks competition. To learn more about submitting your play, please contact EDTA after October 1.

Other opportunities are available for young playwrights! 

See the following links for more information.

(Breaking Character is a Samuel French related site - lots of GREAT theater information there!)

Writers' Resources