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Theatre Director:
Luis Muñoz

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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 8028
Austin, Texas 78713

Ground Address:
1701 Manor Rd.
Austin, Texas 78723


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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 News & Updates

July 16, 2014

An ad-hoc committee is working on a handbook with the specifications for entry.  That will be posted in September.

June 05, 2014

The deadline for submitting entries for the 2014-15 UIL Young Filmmakers Festival has been set. Online submissions must be received by midnight January 21, 2015.  The state finals are scheduled for February 18, 2015 in Austin. 

June 05, 2014

Revised Bi-District and Area Information Has Been Posted

New information has been posted on 6/5/14

May 04, 2014
One-Act Play State Meet Order of Performance
March 28, 2014
State Film Finalist Announced

State finalists have been announced for Focus: The UIL Young Filmmakers Festival.

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