Calling All NC Playwrights! Announcing the Triangle Bake-Off!


In collaboration with Tamara Kissane, the 2020 Piedmont Laureate, and local theatre artist Hayden Tyler Moses, Women’s Theatre Festival (WTF) proudly announces the Triangle Bake-Off Competition. 

This spirited playwrighting competition is open to North Carolina residents of all ages and experience levels. 

The Bake-Off will begin at 7:00 am on Friday, April 3 when WTF releases the list of “secret ingredients” that each script must include. Submissions must be received by 7:00 pm on Sunday, April 5 to beconsidered. See below for additional timeline and info.

The ingredients, all of the submissions guidelines, and the submissions can be found on the WTF website:

Competitors will elect to compete in one of five divisions: 

● Youth (anyone under high school age) 

● High School (any current high school student) 

● College (anyone currently enrolled at an institution of higher learning) 

● First-Timer (anyone who is NOT a student and has NEVER written a play) 

● Practitioner (anyone who is a practicing writer or artist) 

Submissions will be read and scored by a team of adjudicators who will select 3-5 finalists per division. Those finalists will receive a reading of their drafts through the WTF Virtual Plays Club. Audiences will then get the chance to vote for their favorites. The play in each division that receives the most votes will receive a professional staged reading during WTF’s Occupy The Stage staged reading festival in November of this year. 

Throughout the next six months, Piedmont Laureate Tamara Kissane will offer the playwrights coaching and feedback as they prepare their final drafts for performance. 

Finalists will be notified via email on Wednesday, April 15.

For more information, email and stay tuned across their website and social media platforms. 


1. All playwrights must be North Carolina residents 

2. Playwrights may identify as any gender. 

3. Playwrights may submit a maximum of 15 pages* 

4. Playwrights must follow formatting guidelines** 

5. Playwrights must use all of the 4 ingredients in their “recipes” 

6. Plays should be written for 4 actors to perform. If your script includes more than 4 characters, please include doubling instructions. 

7. Submissions must be received via the submission form on the WTF website by 7:00 pm on 04/05/2020. 

*The spirit of the Bake-Off is not finished or perfect scripts, but an interesting and exciting START. You may submit a draft that is fewer than 15 formatted pages. 

**Formatting guidelines may be relaxed for very young (ie 5-10 years old) playwrights. 


● Visit the WTF website for full info on formatting guidelines and to learn more about the history of Bake-Offs. 

● Each submission will be read and scored by 3 adjudicators chosen because of their expertise in that particular division. Submissions will be read “blind,” meaning that the adjudicators will not see the name or other identifying information of the playwright so that they may be as impartial as possible. 

● Adjudicators are NOT eligible to submit for any division in the competition. 

● Each finalist’s script that is chosen will be read by the same group of four actors and directed by Hayden Tyler Moses. 

● A Facebook Event will be created for each Virtual Performance via WTF’s Facebook Page. All of the virtual performances will be live-streamed via Twitch.TV/wtheatrefestivalnc and will be available for viewing on our website for voters who miss the live event. 

● Audience members will be asked to make a small donation (suggested $5) to vote for their favorites. 

● The play from each division that receives the most votes will have a professionally produced staged reading during Occupy The Stage 2020. These playwrights will also receive a small honorarium. 

Unlike most WTF sponsored events, male-identifying playwrights will receive equal consideration and will have their plays featured during a new section of Occupy called “The Ally Hour.” 

Artist Soapbox

Artist Soapbox is a platform for original scripted audio fiction and an opportunity for artists to discuss their creative work in their own voices. We do this through our interview podcast, our blog, live events, and original audio dramas.

Artist Soapbox is an anti-racist organization. We believe Black Lives Matter. In addition, as a podcast production company, ASBX has signed the Equality in Audio Pact on Broccoli Content.

Artist Soapbox is more than just a podcast.

We lead writers groups, accountability support, workshops, and events. We produce and create audio dramas too! Listen to the Master BuilderThe New Colossus Audio Drama, Jesus Pancake, Declaration of Love, Food for Thought, and ASBX Shorts. Stay tuned to hear about more projects written by the Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ Group.

Audio Dramas

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Jesus Pancake

Jesus Pancake is the newest scripted audio fiction series from Artist Soapbox. Nine episodes of zany dark comedy.


The New Colossus

The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.


Master Builder

This audio drama was adapted from Tamara’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892.


Declaration of Love

Co-producers Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane of Artist Soapbox commissioned eleven NC playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”


Food for Thought

Three pilot episodes of new scripted audio fiction series inspired by the prompt Food for Thought.


ASBX Shorts

ASBX Shorts are six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, our new audio fiction series in development.

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