Circle Theatre



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.

Location Announcement!

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: 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.



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

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!


Circle Theatre
230 W. Fourth Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Sundance Square Entertainment District