Every year, Circle Theatre hosts an annual High School Playwriting Project to benefit local student playwrights. We are inviting all DFW Metroplex high school teachers to enter 10-minute scripts, written by their students, for evaluation by an experienced panel of judges.


Everyone is invited to watch the reading of the top four finalist plays on June 6th at 5:00PM on the lawn of TWU!

Location Announcement!

Sunday, June 6, 2021 || 5:00 PM

We invite you to join us for this socially distant reading of our four finalists' plays!

What: The reading of our four High School Playwriting Project finalists' plays performed by professional actors
When: Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Where: The lawn of Texas Wesleyan University

The reading will be accompanied by an awards ceremony and the event should last about one hour. You are encouraged to bring a blanket to sit on and invited to bring a small picnic. We ask that you arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the reading to get set up and settled. We hope to have everyone seated and food wrapped up before the reading!

You'll be able to make a free reservation to join us soon! 

**Please note: All attendees will need to comply with the University's COVID-19 protocols including masks. Please visit the TWU COVID-19 information page: as it is updated between now and the event.**


Circle Theatre is continuing to follow COVID-19 city and state protocols and may not be able to host the event or reception in-person. In this case, Circle Theatre will record and produce a digital reading of the four finalists scripts. These readings will be presented online in September 2021.

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2021 Information + Materials

Sample Materials

Identification Title Page

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Blind Title Page

** Please note, this does not need to be submitted separately, but should appear as the first page of the script.

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Sample Script

Controlling the Controllable by Grant Goodnight

2020 finalist


May 3, 2021 - Deadline for script submission and accompanying materials

June 6, 2021 - In-person and live-streamed reading of finalists' scripts

June 13, 2021 - Should our reading get rained out on June 6, we will move it forward one week.

September 2021 - Should an in-person gathering not be possible, we will record the readings and stream them


Watch the 2020 Finalist Reading Series!


"I love that I had this opportunity to express myself in such a unique way. I was able to write an opinion piece on a topic I am very passionate about, but write it in a way that I am familiar with... I highly recommend that everybody try this experience if they are able to!"

Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts


"The HSPP experience for me was super fun and challenging. I’m really glad I got to participate in something that could really test my abilities as a writer."

Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts

Rodriguez Smith

"I absolutely loved my HSPP experience! I had never written a play before, so I was truly starting from square one. I must have started with 10 different ideas/concepts and at a certain point, I just began writing! My first draft was revised and revised and revised until I finally felt like I had something that worked. Getting to do HSPP ignited creative energy in me that I really love, and I cannot wait to continue with and improve on. I never would have imagined that I would find so much joy, excitement, and discovery in playwriting. I certainly would never have imagined that I would be chosen as a finalist! Thank you so much to Circle Theatre for this wonderful and unique opportunity!"

Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts

2020 HSPP Finalist Reading Series || TRAILER


“The experience of this project was very fulfilling! It made me realize that playwriting is something I love and want to do for the rest of my life!”

Southwest Christian

Waiting for the End by Megan Warren

Our 10-minute digital play reading presented as part of HSPP

Featuring: Savannah Elayyach + Octavia Thomas

Crossroads by Olivia Rodriguez Smith

Our 10-minute digital play reading presented as part of HSPP

Featuring: Alli Franken + Nate Frederickson

Boys Don't Cry by Caroline Speer

Our 10-minute digital play reading presented as part of HSPP

Featuring: Canali Miller + Joe Skipper

Controlling the Controllables 
by Grant Goodnight

Our 10-minute digital play reading presented as part of HSPP

Featuring: Lee George, Kristen Lazarchick, Nicole Renee Johnson, Jasmine Mesre, Libby Smith

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HSPP 2020 Semi-Finalists

Weeping Well - Madisen Barrera, Boswell High School || Teacher: Melissa Wallis


A Sight to See - Mary Caruthers, All Saints’ Episcopal School || Teacher: James Venhaus


When the Cards are Stacked - Abigail McCurdy, Southwest Christian || Teacher: Cyndi Woodward


House Guest - Mati Valadez, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts || Teacher: Lindy Davis

HSPP 2019 Finalists and Semi-Finalists

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