The Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival

Caryl Crane Youth Theatre Presents
The Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival



Each year Caryl Crane Youth Theatre hosts a national playwriting festival, showcasing new plays for young adults and children. A national search is currently looking for the best and most promising unproduced theatrical works relevant to youth today. The  festival, held the first weekend of May each calendar year, consists of 3 staged readings of previously unseen theatrical works and will take place in the McBride Auditorium on the BGSU Firelands campus in Huron, OH. A winning work will be chosen through committee/audience/participant voting and the author(s) will receive a $500 cash prize as well as the option of a 3-week workshop of their production during the following CCYT season.  

Submission Criteria

There is no submission fee for all plays received before January 1, 2014. A $10 reader’s fee must be included with all works submitted after January 1st, 2014, for the CCYT Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival

Submission deadline for the 2014 Festival is February 15, 2014.

Scripts received after that date will be considered the following year. Three (3) finalists will be selected on March 28 of that year and their names will be posted to the CCYT website/Facebook page at that time.

  • Must be a full-length play/musical for children or young adults without a prior major U.S. production.
  • A brief synopsis must be sent together with a bound complete manuscript. Submission must include a contact phone number and e-mail address on the play’s synopsis page. No electronic submissions will be accepted.
  • The play must be at least 1 hour and no longer than 120 minutes.
  • The play must be appropriate for audiences of all ages.
  • Dramas, comedies and farces (with or without music) are all welcome.
  • Cast size limited to no less than 5 or more than 32.
  • The plays selected will be acted by our CCYT student actors, with a mix of regional artists where necessary. Plays that can be effectively cast within our market will be considered favorably.
  • Playwrights who are questioning whether or not their play is a good match for CCYT are strongly encouraged to contact Artistic Director Brian Marshall at before submitting.
  • All plays that are not selected for the festival will be recycled. Please do not include return postage.
  • All serious submissions will be read by at least three readers on the festival committee as well as the members of the CCYT Teen Board. Be advised that the following are not considered serious submissions:
    • Screenplays submitted as theatrical plays and first drafts
    • Plays with typos and spelling errors and plays not formatted to industry standards
    • Plays with excessive profanity or violence or are inappropriate for child audience members

For more information contact:
Brian Marshall, Artistic Director, 419.372.0732

Plays should be submitted to:
Caryl Crane Youth Theatre
c/o CCYT New Play Festival
BGSU Firelands
One University Drive
Huron, OH 44839-9719

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