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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 1,200 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 300 members of the Texas Theatre Adjudicator and Officials Organization. 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

January 08, 2021
OAP Spring Changes and Updates NOW POSTED

Please read the current One Act Play COVID-19 changes on UIL Academic Update page. The updated SPRING 2021 OAP Planning Guide is posted in Resources and Forms, the Contest Manager's page and Director pages.

January 06, 2021

Deadline to submit Film contest entry HAS BEEN EXTENDED.

New deadline to submit Film Contest entries is Friday, February 5, 2021. See Film Handbook for contest details. 

October 27, 2020
One-Act Play / Film / Theatrical Design October newsletter

October news HERE

September 18, 2020
Middle School/Junior High One-Act Play Planning Guide Fall, 2020

A Fall 2020 Planning Guide and FAQ's for Middle School/Junior High Directors and Contest Managers

May 04, 2020
Theatrical Design State Results

The results 2019-2020 Theatrical Design are now posted!

Latest Theatre Articles from The Leaguer

High School

One-Act Play Title Entry
DUE by Feb 14
Spring meet
Entry System

Plays Added & Plays removed

from the Approved Play Lists for 2020-2021


One-Act Play High School Handbook
NOW UPDATED for 2020-2021
A+ Junior High / Middle School
One-Act Play Handbook
NOW UPDATED for 2020-2021