Ten-Minute Play Festival

Each year, the Ten-Minute Play Festival is open to all SETC Convention attendees no matter your age or affiliation. All you have to do is apply and be ready to CREATE and PRODUCE a production within 24 hours.

2020 Ten-Minute Play Festival Performances will take place in KICC – Ballroom D-E from 10:00 PM – MIDNIGHT

Here’s How it Works:

  • Actors perform audition monologues.
  • Playwrights work throughout the night to create their plays.
  • The next morning, directors select a completed script and choose the actors.
  • Groups work together to rehearse and stage their plays.
  • The Ten-Minute Play Festival culminates in an evening of public performances followed by a response session.

A response session immediately follows the performances of the ten-minute plays that have been conceived, written and rehearsed over the previous 24 hours.

Kimberly Patterson Headshot

2020 Respondent

Kimberly Patterson spent more than a decade in New York City working in Off and Off-Off Broadway theaters in almost every capacity possible. Her plays have appeared in the New York International Fringe Festival, the Orlando Fringe Festival, and the New York Musical Theater Festival; her musical, Oedipus for Kids!, is published by Samuel French and has been produced around the U.S. and in Canada. Kimberly has been a participating 1MPF playwright in South Florida since 2012. Her most recent musical, Douchenozzle, premiered at the 2017 Orlando International Theatre Festival. Kimberly holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from Hollins and a Master’s degree from NYU’s Gallatin School with a concentration in performance studies, dramatic writing, and technical theatre. Kimberly is a member of the Dramatists Guild

2019 Respondent

Thank you, Todd Ristau!

Todd Ristau, program director for the Playwright’s Lab, is a distinguished graduate of the Iowa Playwright’s Workshop. His work has been performed in theatres across the U.S. and England, including London’s West End. He founded No Shame Theatre and oversaw its evolution into a national network of venues for short performance pieces. He served for six years as coordinator of Mill Mountain Theatre’s second stage and oversaw all new works programming as literary associate. Todd was also the founding artistic director for Studio Roanoke, a storefront theatre space dedicated to new works development in downtown Roanoke.

2018 Respondent

Thank you, Mark Charney!

Mark Charney, Director of the School of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University, serves as Associate Director of the National Critics Institute for the O’Neill Theatre Center. His plays have received numerous readings and awards throughout the country. His play SHOOTING BLANKS was recently produced in Jakarta and the Prague Fringe Festival. Mark received an award for his work in criticism and dramaturgy (and was made an honorary inductee) at the Actors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Los Angeles. He was a recent winner of the prestigious William Kerns Award for Excellence in Performing Arts.


For more information regarding the 10-Minute Play Festival, please contact Festival Chair Lauren Ellis or contact the SETC Central Office by emailing info@setc.org or calling 336-272-3645.