New Play Festival

Riot Act, Inc. Announces Winners of the New Play Festival

July 29, 2021

Riot Act, Inc. is thrilled to announce the winners of its Annual New Play Festival. Of the original works submitted for the contest, the judges ultimately selected three short plays by regional playwrights to be produced as part of Riot Act’s Annual Series of Shorts Sept. 15-18, 2021.

The first-place winner will receive $200 and the Marius P. Hanford IV Award. Marius was a longtime stage combat choreographer influential in several theater communities, including Jackson and New York. The second place will receive $100, and third place will be awarded $50.

Winning plays are:

#1 – In Memory by Abigail Walls of Pueblo, CO.

#2 – Transgressions by Steve Palmer of Helena, MT

#3 – Free Birdy by DeLaney Hardy Ray of Billings, MT

All three plays are excellent examples of our talented regional writing pool and Riot Act is excited for the opportunity to bring these new creations to life on the stage.

This year’s winners were selected by judges: Michael J Johnson of Jackson, Brent Podosek of CO, Emily Sloan-Pace of UT, Lacey Lukas of Jackson, and Angel Wise of Jackson.  We hope to see you at the show as we bring these new scripts to life on stage in September.

For more details, contact info@riotactinc.org

Call for Directors

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Riot Act, Inc. is looking for directors for The Annual Series of Shorts

Riot Act, Inc. invites people interested in stage directing to join us for a meeting on Wed. Aug. 4 at 7pm at the Riot Act Studio in the Center for the Arts.  

Are you interested in directing a play?  We are looking for directors for the winners of our New Play Festival playwriting competition.  Shorts is a wonderful way to get involved on a smaller scale than a full-length production. Perfect for someone wanting to try their hand at directing for the first time or an experienced director to work on a show with less of a time commitment. 

Winning plays are:

#1 – In Memory by Abigail Walls of Pueblo, CO.

#2 – Transgressions by Steve Palmer of Helena, MT

#3 – Free Birdy by DeLaney Hardy Ray of Billings, MT

Please Join us Wed.  Unable to attend but interested?  Please email us.  Novice directors will be assigned a directing mentor. 

For more information, contact info@riotactinc.org. 

Due to COVID19,  precautions will be observed during the rehearsal process and performances may include social distancing, mask wearing, cleaning, and offering Live Stream options.