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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

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! https://www.uiltexas.org/theatre/theatrical-design

https://www.uiltexas.org/files/academics/theatre/2019-20_THEATRICAL_DESIGN_MEDALISTS.pdf

April 13, 2020
State Judging Underway for the UIL Theatrical Design State Contest

Over 700 Theatrical Design entries were submitted by the February 8 deadline. The State Qualifiers were announced in March.

Online Awards Ceremony and the 2020-2021 Theatrical Design Play Announcement will take place on May 4!

Check back for more details to be announced on the UIL Theatre website.

Congratulations to all Theatrical Design Participants for their outstanding work this year!

April 06, 2020
Online Teaching Resources

Online Teaching Resources


National Federation of State High School Associations ( NFHS)

Copyright Guidance: https://www.nfhs.org/articles/copyright-covid-19-guidance/

Understanding Copyright and Compliance Course (FREE): https://www.nfhslearn.com/courses/understanding-copyright-and-compliance


Educational Theatre Association (EdTA)

Resources for Creating Online Learning: https://learn.schooltheatre.org/resources-for-creating-online-learning

Click to Teach/Click to Learn: https://learn.schooltheatre.org/click-to-teach-lesson-plans


Additional Online Resources

Support for Freelance Artists: https://covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com/ 

Texas Educational Theatre Association: https://sites.google.com/tetatx.com/tetatx/curriculum?authuser=0

Texas Thespians: https://www.texasthespians.org/teaching_resources.html

Kennedy Center Theatre Resources: 

https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/resources-for-educators/classroom-resources/collections/collections/theater/

The Folger Shakespeare Library

https://shakespeare.folger.edu

March 23, 2020
Update: Remote Learning/Coaching/Directing

March 23, 2020

During statewide school suspension, remote learning/coaching of UIL activities is allowed through electronic, video or teleconferencing type methods. Schools shall limit instruction for UIL activities to a maximum of eight hours per week per activity, in addition to a maximum of sixty minutes per day Monday through Friday.

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One-Act Play Enrollment

For High Schools planning to compete
in One-Act Play in 2021    
 
High School only
Due by OCT 1

(Enrollment Tutorial)

ACADEMIC ALIGNMENTS

2020-2021
HERE

NOTE: Individual HIGH SCHOOLS intending to compete MUST ENROLL for One-Act Play Participation for the 2020-21 school year by October 1, 2020.

High School OAP enrollment will open August 1, 2020.

Play Approval

For Plays Not Already on the Approved Play Lists
High School
Due by Dec 14

Plays Added & Plays removed

from the Approved Play Lists for 2020-2021

 HERE
UIL Theatre CALENDAR 

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