The Ithra Short Play Contest showcases short form theater, with the aim of empowering local talent. We welcome all writers, directors and performers of any nationality who reside in Saudi Arabia to apply and share their talents and creativity before a live audience in Ithra’s Studio Theater in August 2023.
and Performance Artists!
Ithra is currently accepting applications for the 2023 Ithra Short Play Contest, scheduled to run from August 14 - 19, 2023.
The nine chosen plays will be performed over the six-day program at Ithra’s Studio Theater and finalists will be mentored throughout the competition by Dr Sami Al Jumann
To apply as a theater director, the registration must be completed via the Director form and submitted no later than June 30, 2023.
To apply as an assistant director, the registration must be completed via the Assistant Director form and submitted no later than June 30, 2023.
To apply as an actor, the registration must be completed via the Actor form and submitted no later than June 30, 2023.
To apply as a production designer, the registration must be completed via the Production Designers form and submitted no later than June 30, 2023.
The contest coordinators will evaluate and select 9 plays.
The selected playwrights will participate in a scriptwriting workshop in July.
Nine directors will be selected and will participate in an in-house director’s workshop.
Directors will be asked to choose a play from the shortlisted scripts. Directors can also apply with a script and cast if the play has not already been performed in a competition before.
The program coordinators will share the chosen scripts with the directors, and link the directors to the playwrights if needed.
Nine assistant directors are selected and paired with each director.
Directors will have access to the list of registered actors.
Production designers will be chosen to work alongside the scenic and costume designer.
Please note that to be eligible to participate as a director, playwright, assistant director, or production assistant, you must be at least 18 years old. It is also recommended to be a member of the Ithra Theater Society, but it is not a mandatory requirement.