Circle Theatre - 2021 High School Playwriting Project
Every year, Circle Theatre hosts an annual High School Playwriting Project to benefit
local student playwrights. We are inviting all DFW Metroplex high school teachers to
enter 10-minute scripts, written by their students, for evaluation by an experienced
panel of judges.
Sunday, June 6, 2021 || 5:00 PM
We invite you to join us for this socially distant reading of our four finalists' plays!
What: The reading of our four High School Playwriting Project finalists' plays performed by professional actors
When: Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Where: The lawn of Texas Wesleyan University
The reading will be accompanied by an awards ceremony and the event should last about
one hour. You are encouraged to bring a blanket to sit on and invited to bring a small
picnic. We ask that you arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the reading to get set up
and settled. We hope to have everyone seated and food wrapped up before the reading!
You'll be able to make a free reservation to join us soon!
**Please note: All attendees will need to comply with the University's COVID-19
protocols including masks. Please visit the TWU COVID-19 information page:
https://txwes.edu/coronavirus/ as it is updated between now and the event.**
Circle Theatre is continuing to follow COVID-19 city and state protocols and may not be
able to host the event or reception in-person. In this case, Circle Theatre will record
and produce a digital reading of the four finalists scripts. These readings will be
presented online in September 2021.
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About Circle Theatre
Circle Theatre is an established regional theatre in Fort Worth dedicated to
presenting professional, innovative theatre in an intimate space. Founded in
1981 by Rose Pearson and Bill Newberry, Circle has premiered over 130 plays to
the city in its 36 seasons.
The Theatre's name is derived from its original location on Bluebonnet Circle.
An interim move to Fort Worth's historic Southside took place in 1987. Seven
years later, Circle renovated and moved into its present home, the basement
space of the Sanger Building in Fort Worth's Sundance Square entertainment
district. Patrons enjoy the Theatre's cozy atmosphere and often comment on the
added benefit of being close to the action on the 125-seat thrust stage.
As a Small Professional Theatre (SPT) with Actors' Equity, Circle Theatre is
committed to providing employment for artists pursuing careers in Texas. The
Theatre also extends opportunities for actors and stage managers to join the
Equity Membership Candidacy Program. Circle serves as an insured umbrella
paymaster for other theatres in Texas that employ Equity actors as guest artists.
A year-round main stage season of five plays with an average run of 20
performances each, Circle's shows are often regional premieres or second or
third staging's of new scripts. The Theatre co-sponsors an annual High School
Playwriting Project, which ends with a public presentation by experienced
actors reading finalist scripts by area students.
Circle Theatre's plays and performances have received many accolades over the
years and been included on multiple Best of Year lists. "Circle Theatre, had
the best batting average on the stage. Circle was the most-cited theater in my
Top Ten lists each year from the Aughts, with 12 shows mentioned" wrote Mark
Lowry, critic for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and TheatreJones.com.
In August of 2016, Circle suffered the loss of Rose Pearson, Co-founder and
Executive Director. She worked tirelessly to ensure the Theatre's future. Upon
her passing, Bill Newberry, her husband and Circle Co-founder, became the
Executive Director and retired in 2017. Tim Long, who has been a part of the
theatre for the past 18 years, is the new Executive Director. Circle Theatre
is proudly carrying on Rose's legacy by playing an active role in today's
regional theatre movement, here in the city of Fort Worth!
230 W. Fourth Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Sundance Square Entertainment District