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The League's One-Act Play Contest, founded in 1927, is the largest high school play production contest or play festival in the world. More than 14,000 Texas high school students in more than 1,000 plays participate in 300 plus contests, which take place from the beginning of March through the three-day, 40-production State Meet One-Act Play Contest. The One-Act Play Contest is supported by more than 200 college and university faculty members serving as critic judges. The League's theatre program is considered by historians to be the foundation of educational and community theatre in Texas. It continues to be a major factor motivating increasing numbers of schools to offer theatre arts as an academic subject.

The UIL One-Act Play contest is a competition where similarly sized Texas schools present an 18-40 minute play and may be adjudicated by a panel of three judges or a single judge. The contest is held on a single day and open to the public. There are six possible levels of competition: Zone, District, Bi-Distrct, Area, Region, and State. At each level of competition a judge awards individual acting awards as well as selecting three productions to advance to the next level of competition up to the Regional Level where only two will advance to the State Level. After the awards are announced a Judge gives an oral critique to each of the schools. Because of the wide participation and diversity of plays produced certain rules and guidelines have been adopted by the State One-Act Play Office. These rules are in place to ensure safety, allow for equity, satisfy legal standards, and make the running of the contest practical.

Theatre & Film — News & Updates

November 19, 2015

The Texas Theatre Adjudicators and Officials have provided us with instructions on how to look up available judges.  Please go to the link on the Contest Manager and Adjudicator page on the UIL website.  The information is based on updates from the individual adjudicators.

November 12, 2015

A new panel tabulation tool is now online. The web-based calculator, created by the TTAO for the benefit of our Contest Managers, replaces the TalkTab software in One-Act Play only.  This tool is specific to the needs of OAP.  It can be used with Mac and PC. Our thanks to TTAO for this wonderful new tool. 

November 05, 2015

The Certification Exam for UIL One-Act Play Contest Managers is now available.  Please follow the instructions at this link.   The exam should take approximately one hour and is composed of 11 units that may be taken at different times. Don't forget to come back to the instructions after you complete your exam and fill out the form so we can register you online.

August 31, 2015

The interactive pdf Handbook for A+ One-Act Play Junior High Contests is now available on the Theatre site under "Resources and Forms," "Contest Manager Information" and "Junior High Contests."

August 08, 2015

The new interactive pdf version of the 22nd edition is now online.  As a pdf, you can download it to your iPad, Android, phone, laptop or if you're like me, print a copy.

The A+ Middle School OAP Handbook will be out late August.

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