" Campfire is more than just a staged reading, they allowed me to see my play with a level of costumes, lighting, sound, and props that I normally wouldn't be able to grasp until a full-fledged production. It has given me both the opportunity to see what my play could be, and troubleshoot in a way I wouldn't often get the opportunity to until much later in my career. "   —ZOE JOVANOVICH,  playwright of MEGAN AND THE BEAR GO CAMPING (TO SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS),  CAMPFIRE THEATRE FESTIVAL 2019.

"Campfire is more than just a staged reading, they allowed me to see my play with a level of costumes, lighting, sound, and props that I normally wouldn't be able to grasp until a full-fledged production. It has given me both the opportunity to see what my play could be, and troubleshoot in a way I wouldn't often get the opportunity to until much later in my career." —ZOE JOVANOVICH, playwright of MEGAN AND THE BEAR GO CAMPING (TO SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS), CAMPFIRE THEATRE FESTIVAL 2019.

we are on the hunt for never-been-produced scripts by emerging playwrights.

  • We define “emerging” as a playwright that has not had more than two professional productions at a large or regional theatre or a published full-length script by a large play publisher.

  • "Never been produced" means plays that have had small readings, workshops or festival performances are fine, but plays that have had full productions or have been published are ineligible.

These guidelines are created to support the careers of emerging and early career playwrights; however, everyone’s theatre experiences are different — please use your best judgment as to if these stipulations apply to you. If you are unsure if you are eligible, please email us at contact@campfiretheatrefestival.com with details.

We will accept full length plays that are more than sixty pages, less than one hundred and twenty pages, and may have an intermission.

We currently cannot accept musicals. We can accept children's plays. We will accept plays of any genre. Each playwright may submit ONE play. If you have been selected for Campfire before, please observe a one year hiatus between the year you were selected and the next year you submit. Please do not submit plays you’ve submitted before.

“Participating in Campfire's Spark Program was such a gift. My play was provided with a full workshop team, including cast, director, and dramaturg, and by the end of the week my plot was tighter, my characters were stronger, and aspects of the play I was sure would never work were coming to life. Everyone involved with the festival was so encouraging, generous, and open to whatever I needed as a playwright (even when what I needed sometimes was dramaturgical advice on mining disasters, followed by eight hours of alone time for revisions, and then an entire plate of nachos). I made so many wonderful friends and collaborators at Campfire, and the work was truly magical. This festival is the absolute best.”  —JACQUELINE BIRCHER,  playwright of THE ONCE AND FUTURE CASEY COLMAN,  CAMPFIRE THEATRE FESTIVAL SPARK PROGRAM 2019.

“Participating in Campfire's Spark Program was such a gift. My play was provided with a full workshop team, including cast, director, and dramaturg, and by the end of the week my plot was tighter, my characters were stronger, and aspects of the play I was sure would never work were coming to life. Everyone involved with the festival was so encouraging, generous, and open to whatever I needed as a playwright (even when what I needed sometimes was dramaturgical advice on mining disasters, followed by eight hours of alone time for revisions, and then an entire plate of nachos). I made so many wonderful friends and collaborators at Campfire, and the work was truly magical. This festival is the absolute best.” —JACQUELINE BIRCHER, playwright of THE ONCE AND FUTURE CASEY COLMAN, CAMPFIRE THEATRE FESTIVAL SPARK PROGRAM 2019.

We are accepting submissions for two programs:

our Staged Reading Series and our Spark Program.

The Staged Reading Series accepts plays by emerging playwrights and offers them a fully staged reading at our festival in Boise, Idaho in September 2020.

IF YOU ARE SELECTED:

  • Your play will be assigned a cast and director.

  • You will receive a stipend of $100 for a selected full-length play.

Campfire Theatre Festival is not currently able to provide playwright travel stipends for the Staged Reading Series; however, if a selected playwright can provide their own travel to Boise for the festival, all efforts will be made to assist with housing.

“Campfire is full of great, caring people who are really invested in developing new work for the stage. It's a safe, nurturing and, most of all, well-run and well-organized event that puts the plays front and center and allows creativity to thrive. Any playwright working on something new would be lucky to attend.”  —QUINN D ELI,  playwright of IN COMMON,  CAMPFIRE THEATRE FESTIVAL SPARK PROGRAM 2018.

“Campfire is full of great, caring people who are really invested in developing new work for the stage. It's a safe, nurturing and, most of all, well-run and well-organized event that puts the plays front and center and allows creativity to thrive. Any playwright working on something new would be lucky to attend.” —QUINN D ELI, playwright of IN COMMON, CAMPFIRE THEATRE FESTIVAL SPARK PROGRAM 2018.

The Spark Program accepts plays by emerging playwrights for a twenty-hour workshop process that culminates in a reading at the festival in Boise, Idaho in September 2020.

IF YOU ARE SELECTED:

  • Your play will be assigned a cast, a dramaturg and director.

  • You will receive a stipend of $100 for a selected full-length play.

  • You will receive airfare and housing for a week in Boise, Idaho.

“Campfire Theatre Festival was such a worthwhile experience for me as a playwright. Yes, it certainly benefited my play to get on its feet for the first time in a staged reading, readier for that next step of production. Equally helpful, though, was the fun and inspiring weekend packed with new plays, workshops and special performances. Campfire Theatre Festival is a jolt of creative energy for theater artists, a chance to gather in one building, meet new friends from across the country and discover possibilities. I'm grateful for participating and I look forward to submitting more work to Campfire.”  —HEIDI KRAAY,  playwright of NEW EDEN,  CAMPFIRE THEATRE FESTIVAL 2017.

“Campfire Theatre Festival was such a worthwhile experience for me as a playwright. Yes, it certainly benefited my play to get on its feet for the first time in a staged reading, readier for that next step of production. Equally helpful, though, was the fun and inspiring weekend packed with new plays, workshops and special performances. Campfire Theatre Festival is a jolt of creative energy for theater artists, a chance to gather in one building, meet new friends from across the country and discover possibilities. I'm grateful for participating and I look forward to submitting more work to Campfire.” —HEIDI KRAAY, playwright of NEW EDEN, CAMPFIRE THEATRE FESTIVAL 2017.

SUBMISSION CAPS AND DEADLINE:

The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2019. We will accept the first 350 full-length plays and close submissions when we receive that many, even if it's before the deadline.

We are currently at 328 submissions.

There is NO FEE to submit for Campfire Theatre Festival.

any plays submitted not-blinded will be disqualified and will not be read.

If you have previously had your work selected for Campfire, please observe a one-year hiatus before submitting again.

Please do not submit plays you have previously submitted to Campfire.

Playwrights will need to submit an info form, a resume and a full blinded script.

PLEASE FILL OUT THE FOLLOWING GOOGLE FORM TO SUBMIT:

https://forms.gle/E6i2LWcyZf7UKmq36

Thank you and we look forward to reading your play! Please direct any questions to our Literary Manager Sam Hamashima at contact@campfiretheatrefestival.com.

 
 
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