Secondary School Theatre 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.

Schools who would like to participate in the 2021 Secondary Schools Festival are required to fill out the application below. After SETC confirms your application, you will recieve an emailed link to a special convention registration form


What’s changed?

  • Schools will create an original work, devised piece, or adaptation of a piece from the public domain
  • Traditional forty-five minute one-acts will not be accepted
  • Adjudicators will review all submissions prior to the week of convention and choose a top 8 from in-region and top 8 from out of region
    • These 16 shows will be shown via a featured virtual session during the SETC convention March 3-7
    • Adjudicators will score based on the following criteria on a 1-5 Likert scale:
      • Dramatic Structure
      • Acting, Vocal Work, Physical Choices
      • Production Design
      • Direction
      • Overall creativity, relevance, and impact of the production
    • Adjudicators will also select:
      • Best Production Design
      • Best Ensemble
      • Two awards for Supporting Performer
      • Two awards for Best Performer
    • Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony

Please note:

  • The festival will be open submission
  • For this year, schools will not have to be passed through a state’s festival to participate
  • All participants must be current students within the school program
  • Secondary Festival chair and vice-chair select 3 individuals to serve as adjudicators


Each production will be rated 1-5 in the following areas:

  • Dramatic Structure
  • Acting, Vocal Work, Physical Choices
  • Production Design
  • Direction
  • Overall Creativity, Relevance, and Impact

Guidelines & Fees

Organizational Membership
Per Teacher – Adult Membership
Per Student – Student Membership

Feb. 11, 2021
Includes obtaining organizational membership, individual memberships, and submitting performance recording

Submission must be
  • between 8 and 10 minutes in length
  • an original work, devised piece, or adaptation of a piece from the public domain
  • have a clear dramatic arc
  • rendered as one of the following file types: .MOV, .AVI, .MP4, or .MKV
  • single camera (does not have to be static) and editing is allowed
  • can be shot anywhere … does not have to be shot in (on) a stage or with an audience
  • school name, city, and state slated verbally at beginning or added to video in print
  • credits are not necessary, but welcome and should be included in the time limit
  • copyright protected and published works are not permitted
  • school is responsible to clear any music licenses or royalties
  • parent/guardian permision/release for student participation will be required
  • adjudication rubric will be available for review before production
  • school may submit up to two 10-minute productions
  • produced in accordance with your school’s required COVID protocols


  • All schools will have access to the 200 productions during Convention and one week after.
  • All schools will receive three adjudication forms with comments.
  • All schools are invited to attend the featured session/award ceremony with the top 16 schools.
  • All participants will have full access to the 200+ Convention events (all virtual) including a special keynote geared toward high school students.
  • All participants will receive a one-year SETC Membership which includes SETC News, Southern Theatre magazine, and the Annual College, University, & Training Program Directory.
  • For an additional fee of $20, students will have access to a one-stop-shop gallery of several college/university theatre programs where they will be able to upload audition video and other materials for recruitment.