SECONDARY SCHOOL FESTIVAL
The Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) will produce its first Secondary School VIRTUAL Theatre Festival by offering a 10-Minute Play Competition. SETC will host the Festival which will run exclusively on a virtual convention platform March 3-7, 2021. This year’s Festival will allow greater opportunity to accommodate more Secondary Schools to participate than ever before, both in the 10-state southeast region and nationwide. SETC is increasing the total number of participating productions to a maximum of 200. SETC’s process will be open submission and a school will not have to be passed through a state’s festival to participate.
THEATRE FOR YOUTH INVITATIONAL
The SETC TFY Invitational Festival is a non-competitive exhibition of theatre produced for young audiences by companies during the annual Convention. The festival strives to highlight, promote, and enhance the quality of theatre for young audiences by presenting professional and/or amateur productions that embrace the broadest possible range of genres and styles, and by subsequent adjudication of those productions. This year, up to four companies and their performances will be available to view during the festival. Eligible organizations will submit an online application for consideration, and include Youth Theatres, College and University Theatres, and Professional Children’s Theatres. The shows will receive feedback from award winning playwright, Idris Goodwin, who will serve as moderator.
Since 2004, the Fringe Festival has offered a variety of performing artists a venue in which to showcase their work. From one-person shows and experimental theatre to theatre for youth productions and state festival runner-up performances, audiences continue to come and enjoy theatre. This year’s Fringe will feature up to four prerecorded productions, which will be streamed on Thursday and Friday evenings during convention.
The SETC Community Theatre Division will host its first virtual showcase, open to all community theatres across the nation.
Each production will be no more than 60-minutes and may be a cutting of a full-length play or musical, a one-act play, or any other performance of a theatrical nature. For this year, community theatres will not have to be passed through a state’s festival to participate. Productions will be viewable by all attendees via an on-demand gallery. The participating organization is responsible for providing proof of payments for all production, music, and streaming rights. Those participants that also register for convention will receive full access to exciting keynotes and all convention workshops, including a special track dedicated to community theatre topics.
TEN MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL
Each year, the Ten-Minute Play Festival is open to all SETC Convention attendees no matter your age or affiliation. Apply and be ready to CREATE and PRODUCE a production within 24 hours,
Here’s How it Works: Actors submit an audition monologue video; Playwrights work throughout the night to create their plays; The next morning, directors select a completed script and choose the actors; Groups work together to rehearse and stage their plays through Zoom; The Ten-Minute Play Festival culminates in an evening of public performances followed by a response session.