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Newmarket play festival seeking playwrights, directors, actors

The Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival is returning for the third consecutive year this summer
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The Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival (NNPF) returns for a third consecutive year, celebrating our country’s diverse voices and regional perspectives.

Submissions from playwrights residing in Canada or Canadians living abroad, and applications from directors and actors are now being accepted to participate in this national seven-day festival, taking place from July 22 to 29, 2019.
BMW Newmarket presents the week-long national festival that will feature live theatre performances of new and original 10-minute plays from Canadian playwrights.
Playwrights may submit up to three original unpublished and unproduced scripts. A jury will select 24 scripts from submissions sent in from across the nation and from Canadian playwrights living abroad. The top three plays win cash awards. The 24 scripts will be grouped by theme into four “six packs” of plays that will be performed in one hour.
Candidates who wish to direct or act are also invited to apply by submitting a resume. Shortlisted directing candidates will undergo an interview process, whereas actors selected from applicants received will be auditioned. Application deadlines are as follows:

Ten-minute plays are not “sketches,” but complete stories told succinctly. This format of storytelling challenges the playwrights, directors and actors to create a world with compelling storylines and characters that will engage and move the audience within 10-minutes.
If you or someone you know would like to take part in this Festival, please apply online on or before the deadlines noted above.
For more information on the NNPF, play submissions, auditions, volunteering and more, please visit