Memphis Play Slam

Memphis Play Slam! Competition Now Accepting Entries

Playhouse on the Square’s Department of Theatre Education, winner of the 2020 Young Playwrights for Change National Competition, announces the fourth annual 10-Minute Play Slam! competition!

Play Slam! is a 10-Minute Young Playwrights Competition & Festival hosted in partnership through the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE).

Play Slam! Festival:

Saturday May 13-15, 2022, at Theatreworks @ The Evergreen Theatre

Five finalists and one winner from the Middle and High School Divisions will be chosen to present in the Memphis Play Slam! Festival. The finalists will have their script presented as a staged reading with local actors. The winners will have their script performed and directed by local professionals and will also have their play submitted to the Playwrights for Change (formerly Young Playwrights for Change) National Competition during AATEs National Conference in Providence, Rhode Island.

Lauryn Bondsa seventh grader at Appling Middle School, won 2020’s Middle School Division with her original script, Brave. Her script went on to win the Young Playwrights for Change National Competition.

All scripts submitted will be adjudicated by a panel of judges that consists of the Memphis Play Slam! coordinators, Playhouse staff, Associate & Resident Company members, and local writers and directors.

Last year’s competition included submission from students that attend the following local schools:  Appling Middle School, Colonial Middle School, Cordova Middle School, Crosstown High, Douglass High School, Faith Heritage Christian Academy, First Assembly Christian School, Homelife Academy, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, and Saint Benedict at Auburndale.

The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) is among the most recognized arts education organizations.  It works to ensure that every young person experiences quality theatre arts provided by proficient, talented artists and educators. AATE is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Through its membership of theatre artists, in-service and pre-service teachers, professors, directors, scholars, and playwrights, AATE serves more than a million students in 48 U.S. states and 19 countries worldwide.

This Year’s Theme:

What Hope Looks Like

Submission Details:

Must be submitted online or postmarked by February 1, 2022.

Playhouse on the Square

Attn: Play Slam!

66 S. Cooper St

Memphis, TN 38104

For more details and questions, please contact Brittney Nesbit at 901.937.6477 or

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