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The 36th Annual Miniplay Festival

We are now accepting submissions for the 36th Annual MiniPlay Festival, with a submission deadline of March 2nd. The 2020 MiniPlay Festival theme is EXPLORERS and is open to area students in 1st - 8th grades. The winning playwrights (1st, 2nd, 3rd places) will get to walk the red carpet and have their play performed in a staged reading by adult actors on April 5th. The reading is followed by an ice cream and pizza party for playwrights, their families, friends, and teachers. First-place winners will also receive a $50 cash prize from the BPP. 

 “MiniPlays was the first-ever BPP education program - it was launched more than 30 years ago and is my favorite of all the arts education initiatives that we undertake because it gets kids telling their stories through the eyes of unique characters of their creation," said BPP's Producing Artistic Director Chad Rabinovitz. 

 Submissions for the 2020 MiniPlay Festival must: 

  • Include name, age, school, teacher, grade level, and email/phone number on the first page 
  • Be 1-10 pages long 
  • Require no more than 4 actors to play all roles 
  • Use the theme of EXPLORERS in a clear way
  • Make no use of guns or violence onstage 
  • Be submitted to the BPP by 5pm on March 2, 2020

Plays may be emailed to Printed Miniplays can be sent by mail or dropped off in person:

Bloomington Playwrights Project 107 W. 9th Street Bloomington, IN 47404

BPP office hours are Monday through Friday, 9AM-5PM.

Teachers may also ask the BPP MiniPlay Coordinator to pick up play submissions during the last week of February.

For more information, please visit, email, or call 812.334.1188


Miniplay Festival