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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

March 23, 2017

The 2017 UIL One-Act Play State Meet dates and locations have changed. 

Conferences 4A, 5A and 6A will be held April 12-14, at the Raymond E. Hartfield (Round Rock ISD) Performing Arts Center, 5800 McNeil Dr., Austin, TX 78729.

4A - Wednesday, April 12

5A - Thursday, April 13

6A - Friday, April 14 

Conferences 1A, 2A and 3A will be held April 18-20, at the Jerry Fay Wilhelm (Bastrop ISD) Performing Arts Center, 1401 Cedar Street, Bastrop, TX 78602.

3A - Tuesday, April 18

2A - Wednesday, April 19

1A - Thursday, April 20

Theatrical Design state finalists critiques and awards will be held in conjunction with Conference 6A One-Act Play Friday, April 14 at the Round Rock ISD Performing Arts Center.

The Academic State Meet will continue as scheduled April 21-22, with speech events May 22-23, on the University of Texas at Austin campus. 

March 03, 2017

The results of the 2017 Young Filmmakers Festival are posted on the film page. There are links to the films.

February 07, 2017

Please go to this link to register as a sponsor for this ywar's contest. Once you have your account, you have until February 16, 2017 to complete your entries.

January 06, 2017

You may begin to enter your titles into the Spring Meet Entry System at this time. Deadline is February 23rd.

January 06, 2017

The portal to submit films for the 2017 UIL Young Filmmakers Festival is now open.  Please follow the directions that are found on the pdf on the "Film" webpage.  One quick clue: When you go to the portal it will ask you to log in.  You can't.  Click on the white "Film" link on the blue header and that will get you to a page where you can set up your e-mail and password. Please contact us with any questions.  The Deadline is at midnight on January 11th.

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