Festival Of Shorts

12th Annual Festival of Shorts

Join us for our 12th Annual Festival of Shorts. Each performance includes eight short plays that include multiple directors and casts. Come and be a part of our annual festival where the audience votes for a favorite at each performance from among the eight finalists. The theme for this year is Pay It Forward.

The finalists were chosen by volunteer reading groups who were given blind copies for rating. We typically receive submissions from around the globe! The shorts must not have been produced for an audience previously. Past winners have later been developed into full-length award-winning plays!

Congratulations to our 12th Annual Festival of Shorts Finalists!


Tiny Man on Ferry by Samara Siskind

The Ubercorn by Brett Hursey

Frequent Flyers by Michael Goodwin Hilton

Be My Fur Baby by Rhea MacCallum


Monday Morning Still in the Park with George by Natalie Welber

The Best We Can Do by Emily Golden

Serendipitous by Lawson Caldwell

The Wrong Jane by Scott Stolnack

After the closing performance, we will announce the winners for:

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Judges’ Awards
  • Overall Audience Favorite

June 29 – July 2, 2023

Thursday, June 29 at 8pm

Friday, June 30 at 8 pm

Saturday, July 1 at 2pm and 8 pm

Sunday, July 2 at 2pm

Festival Submissions

The submission period for the 12th Annual Festival of Shorts is now closed (as of March 30, 2023). Our festival provides an opportunity for playwrights to have their works brought to life on stage, as well as gain recognition and potential awards. Past winners have later been developed into full-length award-winning plays!

The finalists are typically selected from submissions from around the globe. Our volunteer readers and judges are local theater lovers and playwrights. To keep the process as fair as possible, our readers are given blind copies of script submissions for judging.

The theme for 2023 is “Pay It Forward.” We were looking for scripts that highlight acts of kindness, however small, and how those acts make a huge difference. We would love to see both comedic and dramatic stories. Below are the guidelines we used for submissions:

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11th Annual Festival of Shorts


1st Place Judges’ AwardThe Price to Pay by Elena Naskova

2nd Place Judges’ AwardWhy by Chris Widney

3rd Place Judges’ AwardLike Jason by Maripat Allen

Overall Audience FavoriteWhy by Chris Widney

These playwrights submitted scripts with the theme, What Would You Do? This theme explores the ethical dilemmas and decision-making in everyday life, with both the comedic and dramatic consequences of our decisions.


Windfall by James Pfrehm

Whole New World by Karla M. Sorenson

The Price to Pay by Elena Naskova

Seeing the Light by Jeff Dunne


Losing Tucker by Paul Lewis

Like Jason by Maripat Allen

Why by Chris Widney

The Good War by Brent Stainer