Page to Stage

All questions regarding Page to Stage should be directed to

Tabatha Babcock at


Script submissions are due by Nov. 1st!

What is Page to Stage?

It is an opportunity for young playwrights to submit and work on an original piece with a Master Playwright. A panel of theatre-goers, professionals, teachers, and playwrights will evaluate all submissions. Applicants will receive a copy of those evaluations but only one playwright will be selected to workshop their play and perform a staged reading at the conference. Actors will have an opportunity to audition for the staged reading and technicians can apply to be the stage manager.



  •  DEVELOPMENT.   The opportunity to work one-on-one with a Master Playwright who will help you revise and polish your script.
  •  WORKSHOP.   Rehearsal time with the Master Playwright, director and a cast of student actors, to realize your creative vision.
  •  PERFORMANCE.   A staged reading of your play for an audience of hundreds of your fellow students.
  •  SELECTION. ONE student script will be chosen to receive professional coaching and staged reading at the  

 Missouri State Thespian Festival.



We will need actors who are excited about ‘creating’ a role in a brand new play and performing it (script in hand) with only a few hours of rehearsal!  If chosen, actors must attend the Friday workshop session designated for their particular script and the corresponding time for performance on Saturday.  The performance is a staged reading and will be done with script in hand—no memorization required—but it helps if you feel confident about thinking on your feet and being a part of the creative process!  Many times, an actor’s choices in workshops help the playwright discover who the character really is and what they need to write next.


AUDITIONS—will be THURSDAY during a workshop session (please see the program at conference for the specific Audition Location.) You will perform cold readings from the script. The selected Stage Managers will videotape auditions during one of the aforementioned times on Thursday.  After Auditioning, you will be notified on Thursday evening if you were cast in a play and what workshop session your playwright will be rehearsing (Session 4, 5, or 6 on Friday) and when on Saturday your play will be performed.



STAGE MANAGERS—We need a student stage manager for the play who will film auditions, assist the playwright during rehearsal, introduce the play and the author, read descriptions and stage directions, and supervise set-up and strike any chairs, tables or props used.  Stage Manager candidates should fill out the Stage Manager Application form and submit it via email to by November 1st.  You will be contacted and told if you were selected to be a part of the program or not.  If you are not selected, we encourage you to audition at conference for an acting role.

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