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Theatre for Youth Invitational

2022 Submissions

We are now accepting submissions for the 2022 Theatre for Youth Invitational Festival to be held on March 10 at the SETC Annual Convention in Memphis, TN.

About the Festival

The TFY 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. The SETC TFY Invitational Festival is a non-competitive exhibition of theatre produced for or by young audiences by companies during the annual Convention.

Over the last quarter century, the TFY Festival has showcased more than one hundred works to more than 25,000 young people. As part of the annual SETC Convention, the festival brings together Artist and Audience, Playwright and Publisher, Performer and Producer to explore the infinite world of Theatre for Youth and to work with and get feedback from some of this country’s preeminent figures in the field.

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There is no cost for performing organizations and individuals; however, Convention registration and SETC membership is required to attend other Convention events.


Octavia Biggs

Laura Byland

Theatre For Youth Festival Timeline

Festival Submissions Open: 
August 1, 2021

Submission Deadline:
November 1, 2021

Acceptance Notifications:
November 15, 2021

TFY Festival: 
March 10, 2022

Festival productions may be (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Stage Productions
  • Puppet Theatre
  • Paper Theatre
  • Original Work

Festival selection is based on the following criteria:

  1. Preference shall be given to companies within AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, and WV. (Festival Selection Committee shall have the discretion to make exceptions.)
  2. The reputation of the organization.
  3. The choice of the play to be presented.

Submission Requirements

Organization Information

  • Website
  • Logo
  • Contact Person (title, email, phone, address)
  • Brief History
  • If accepted, proof of performance rights

Play Information

  • Title, Playwright
  • Director, Stage Manager
  • Cast and Crew Size
  • Target Age Group
  • Script PDF
  • Brief Play Description
  • Production Photo(s)

How can I view the festival performances?

Each convention participant will receive a link to log in to the convention platform. Once in, look for the “Festivals” tab. A drop-down menu will appear with options to connect to all the available festivals via galleries. You will be able to watch the shows via the festival gallery pages from Wednesday, March 3, until Wednesday, March 31.

How do the galleries work?

The galleries contain on-demand videos entered in the festivals. Once you select a festival, you can choose a pre-recorded show to watch by clicking on the name of a producing organization. A new page will open with the recording of the selected organization’s production.

2021 TFY Productions

Theatre For Youth Submission Timeline

August, 1, 2021
Festival Submissions Open
November 1, 2021
Submission Deadline
November 15. 2021
Acceptance Notifications
March 10, 2022
TFY Festival