Bus Stop Monologues by Melissa Klein, SFSU One Act Festival
SFSU Production Opportunities

From Greenhouse, to the One Act Festival, to producing your own workshop production, there are many ways to get your work up on campus. Here is a list of opportunities and groups that could get your work produced or published.

Greenhouse
What is it? GreenHouse presents three workshop productions and a festival of ten minute plays by graduate playwrights. These productions run at El Teatro de la Esperanza's black box theatre in the Mission District.
Who sponsors it? An independent production program created and run by playwriting faculty and students.
When is it? Spring Semester.
How do I do it? Submissions of full length plays in progress are usually due in the late summer. Look for an official announcement from Roy in the summer for details. Submissions for the 10 minute plays have generally been due in the winter. Greenhouse is a 3 unit course open to graduate students.


One Act Festival
What is it? One act plays written, designed, and acted by SFSU students - a regular feature of the Theatre Arts Department's major production season, and an award-winning entry in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival.
Who sponsors it? The Theatre Department
When is it? Fall Semester, every other year.
How do I do it? Submissions of one act plays are usually due early in the spring semester before a festival year. Look for an official announcement from Roy for all the details. Open to graduate and undergraduate playwrights.


One Act Fringe
What is it? A series of short play productions that draw on the vibrant talents of Theatre Arts performance and design students to present low-tech, fully staged, fully memorized and rehearsed productions of plays by SFSU student playwrights.
Who sponsors it? The Theatre Department
When is it? Fall Semester.
How do I do it? Submissions of short plays (10-30 minutes) are usually due early in the spring semester. Look for an official announcement from Roy for all the details. Open to graduate and undergraduate playwrights.


Brown Bag Theatre
What is it? A Theater Arts Department course that produces an hour long production virtually every week of the semester at lunchtime. Students participate as writers, directors, and technicians. The work ranges from original pieces to classic plays. A bunch of playwrights have participated as "directors," and put up their own work. Other's have collaborated with student directors.
Who sponsors it? The Theatre Department
When is it? Every Semester.
How do I do it? Potential Directors interview with the Professor the prior semester to taking the class. You must go to the intereview with a good plan and idea of what you want to do with your time in Brown Bag, including the shows you want to do and how you want to get them done and why. The second round is for actors.


Players Club
What is it? Player's Club is the major student theater group. They produce a student-directed show in the spring, produced at a campus theater. They also sponsor many other on campus theater projects (radio plays, site specific and more) many of which are seeking new work. Check out their website for more info.
Who sponsors it? Um, they do.
When is the big production? Spring Semester.
How do I do it? Submissions are made by a student director to the Players Club in the fall. It seems like many of the opportunities are director-driven, so it may be good to get those types familiar with your work.


Do it Yourself - Showcase Production
What is it? Reserving a space in the Creative Arts Building and mounting your own production. There are a bunch of nice studio options which may be perfect for workshopping your piece or mounting a small production.
Who sponsors it? You do, but folks in the Theatre Department need to give you the OK
When is it? When available.
How do I do it? Approval is required from the theatre department before mounting your own production. Stop by the department office for a complete list of guidelines for making this type of magic happen.


Rehearsal Space
What is it? A space where you can rehearse. Many acting studios and spaces are available in the Creative Arts building where you can reserve a block of time to work. Many of these spaces are very popular for use.
Who sponsors it? The Theatre Department
When is it? When available.
How do I do it? The Theatre Department office has the handy reservations book. Head over there and sign up. The only catch is that you may be bumped from your space if a department production or class suddenly decides they need to work there. It doesn't happen all that often, but you may want to be semi-mentally prepared for that.


The Jim Highsmith Playwriting Award
What is it? An annual cash prize awarded to a play with a gay or lesbian theme. The competition is judged by a faculty member or member of the greater theater community.
Who sponsors it? The Creative Writing Department
When is it? Submissions due early fall.
How do I do it? Submit your piece to the Creative Writing department in the early fall by the announced deadline for the year. There are also multiple awards in poetry and fiction which you may want to check out too. Check the Creative Writing Department page on awards.


14 Hills and Transfer
What is it? 14 Hills is the literary magazine published by grad students in the Creative Writing program, and accepts submissions for students and the public at large. Transfer is the literary magazine published by Undergraduates, and accepts submissions by SFSU undergraduate and graduate writers.
Who sponsors it? The Creative Writing Department
When is it? One issue per semester.
How do I do it? While both publications bend towards fiction and poerety, playwriting submissions are welcomed (and often rare.) Submissions are generally due towards the beginning of each semester. Check their websites for more info.


Campus Production Links
Theatre Department website
Players Club
Current Performing Arts Season
14 Hills
Transfer Magazine
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