Playwriting Competition

Overview

Hart House Theatre is dedicated to supporting student playwrights.

An adjudication panel will select one winner and two runners-up after the conclusion of the contest. Winning scripts are awarded cash prizes, time with dramaturgical talents to hone their scripts and the opportunity to have a public reading of their work. Student playwrights of all experience levels are encouraged to submit their original works.

Playwriting Competition Criteria

The following criteria will be used by the jurors to score each entry.

Each script will be given one mark out of 100 for each criterion listed below. The script’s total score will be determined as the average of all six marks.

Originality of concept: To what extent would you rate the piece’s originality? How unique is it in terms of its concept, characters, setting etc.

Stage-ability within campus theatre boundaries: Keeping in mind the extent of available locations on campus, how feasible would the production of this piece be within university boundaries and budgetary limitations faced by campus groups?

Portability of location – less set-dependent piece: How easy would it be to change locations for the production of this piece? Can it be produced in multiple locations with relative ease? Would this play be suitable as a touring production, playing in theatres of varying shapes and sizes?

Extent of character/plot development: How deep has the playwright dug into creating credible characters in the realms of this piece? Does the piece successfully explore a clear plotline with evident dramaturgical research?

Relatability/Connectedness between audience and text: How relatable are the characters, setting, plot line etc. in terms of the context for the performance of the piece? Did the piece reach its target audience? Were you as an audience member touched by the piece, either through personal experience or character struggles? Did you think or feel differently about the subject matter after reading the piece, or were your prior feelings strengthened or altered by your experience with the text?

Watchability/Enjoyability: Was your experience of reading the script subjectively enjoyable? Did you like it? Would you recommend the play to others and would you be inclined to watch a live production?

Judges

Hart House Theatre is pleased to work with the following judges for the 2022/2023 Competition:

FAQs

The following FAQs have been assembled by the Spotlight team.

If you have any not addressed here, please contact U of T Spotlight.

Winners

Playwriting Competition Award

The 2022 competition was judged by Polly Phokeev and Anusree Roy.

  • First place ($500 prize)
    Awarded to
    Helen Ho for
    Maggie Chun’s First Wedding & Last Love
  • Second place
    Awarded to
    Cherry Zhang for
    White Rabbit
  • Third Place and Best Virtual Adaptation Award
    Awarded to
    Victoria McIntyre for
    A Line of Dust
  • Third Place and Best Virtual Adaptation Award
    Awarded to
    Anthony Palermo for
    The Gray: A Wilde Concert

Playwriting Competition Award

The 2021 competition was judged by April Siutong Leung, Baņuta Nora Rubess and Alexia Vassos.

  • First place ($500 prize)
    Awarded to
    Sydnie Phillips for
    Grave Dance
  • Second place ($150 prize)
    Awarded to
    Victoria Watson for
    I Want You To Love Me
  • Third place ($100 prize)
    Awarded to
    Archie Burton Smith for
    The Longest Night
  • Best Virtual Adaptation Award ($250 prize)
    Awarded to
    Victoria Watson for
    I Want You To Love Me

Playwriting Competition Award

The 2020 competition was judged by Kaitlyn Riordan, Ross Slaughter and Guillermo Verdecchia

  • First place ($500 prize)
    Awarded to
    Nam Nguyen for
    TWEP,
    produced by
    Trinity College Drama Society
  • Second place ($150 prize)
    Awarded to
    Victoria Rose McIntyre and Chloë Rose Flowers for
    A Portrait of Two Men
  • Third place ($100 prize)
    Awarded to
    Carline Hsieh for
    Kintsugi

Playwriting Competition Award

The 2019 competition was judged by Myekah Payne and Claire Burns

  • First place ($500 prize)
    Awarded to
    Bailey Irene Midori Hoy for
    Honey Lemon Green Tea,
    produced by
    Victoria College Drama Society
  • Second place ($150 prize)
    Awarded to
    Emily Powers for
    Outstretched,
    produced by
    Trinity College Drama Society
  • Third place ($100 prize)
    Awarded to
    Nicole Eun-Ju Bell for
    Roots

Playwriting Competition Award

The 2018 competition was judged by Carly Chamberlain, Cameron Crookston and Christine Quintana

  • First place ($500 prize)
    Awarded to
    Nam Nuygen for
    Caezus
  • Second place ($150 prize)
    Awarded to
    Micaela Robertson for
    The Rhythm Method
  • Third place ($100 prize)
    Awarded to
    Jules (Julianne) Mendoza for
    Barnacle Goose

Playwriting Competition Award

The 2017 competition was judged Rebecca Ostroff, Susan Bond and Sarah Robbins

  • First place ($500 prize)
    Awarded to
    Vivian Xie for
    Little Chinese Cloud
  • Second place ($150 prize)
    Awarded to
    Ryan Falconer for
    Boarding Gate
  • Third place ($100 prize)
    Awarded to
    Nicole Bell for
    Swing Set

Playwriting Competition Award

The 2016 competition was judged by Susan Bond and Heather Fitzsimmons-Rey

  • First place ($500 prize)
    Awarded to
    Emma Tse for
    Ben
  • Second place ($150 prize)
    Awarded to
    Clarrie Feinstein for
    Fruit of The Tree
  • Third place ($100 prize)
    Awarded to
    Alexandra Jones for
    Six Pieces