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One Acts:

This annual tradition continues to introduce new works to our audiences.  The 2024 One Act Jamboree runs July 26-28 with shows on Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm.  That's 4 chances to see these unique shows and most importantly a chance to have your voice heard.  YOU VOTE on your favorite play, actor, actress and director and the winning play (playwright) gets a $250 cash prize!

Have an original, full length play?  We'd love to collaborate and see if we can put it on stage.  Contact with inquiries about producing original full-length work on our stage.

As Dramatists no longer sends out membership cards, please include letter from the guild certifying active membership when submitting your play.

One Act Jamboree

One Act submissions are open! 

Here are the details for our StageWorks One Act Jamboree!

*Fee waived for members of Dramatist Guild (must include letter from dramatists certifying active membership) 

Submission Deadline:  March 1, 2024

Auditions:  May 2  5:30-8:30pm

Show Dates: July 26th, 27th, 28th 2024


Writers must submit their one-act plays (with a running time of 20 minutes or less)

Entries will be judged on plot, character development, dialogue, and overall quality.


Please send manuscripts and enclose your $20 reading fee

(checks made payable to StageWorks Theatre Group, INC.) to:


StageWorks Theatre Group, INC.

237 Hamburg Turnpike

Pompton Lakes, NJ  07442 

Attention:  One Act Jamboree

Alternatively, you may submit your play via our website here. Click "Submit Your Play" (above) to send your manuscript via Google Form. Then, click "Pay Reading Fee" button above to pay your reading fee (online payment convenience fees apply). Manuscripts will NOT be considered until the reading fee has been submitted.


Between 6 and 10 winners will receive the prize of a staged production of his or her play at the StageWorks One Act Jamboree, which will be held during the Summer of 2024 at StageWorks Studio 237.


The production will have auditioned actors, directors chosen by committee, producers, stage managers, ushers, ticket takers, and tech crew.


2024 Annual One Act Jamboree Terms and Conditions


Writers are encouraged to submit their one-act plays (with a running time of 20 minutes or less) by Friday, March 1, 2024. Entries will be judged on plot, character development, dialogue and overall quality by a committee of three to five.  Directors will be chosen by the committee.


Between 6 and 10 winners will receive the prize of a staged production of his or her play at the StageWorks One Act Jamboree, which will be held during the summer of 2024 at StageWorks Studio 237.


Plays will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Plot

  • Character Development

  • Dialogue

  • Overall writing quality

Submissions deadline: March 1, 2024


Playwrights are limited to three (3) submissions.


How to Submit:

Please read and follow our submission guidelines. Submissions that are incomplete or do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified. To enter your play, you must submit the following:


(1) Three (3) hard copies of your play (or Google Form submission in advance for electronic submissions/Paypal payment).


  • Plays should run 20 minutes or less and be written in the proper playwriting format (when in the proper format, running time is approximately one minute per page):

  • A list of characters with a brief physical description of each should also be included.

  • Plays should contain 12 or fewer actors.

  • One person plays are accepted.

  • No musicals, unless you are providing accompaniment.

  • Plays should have simple staging and technical needs.

 (2) A cover letter with the following information:

  • The name of your play

  • Your name full address, full contact information (including your e-mail and phone number)

  • A brief synopsis of your play (for publicity purposes if your play is selected)

  • A brief biography


(3) A check in the amount of $20 (US dollars) for each play submitted, made payable to:

StageWorks Theatre Group, INC.  *Fee waived for members of Dramatist Guild (must include copy of front and back of current card with submission) 

Please write "One-Act Jamboree" in the check's memo line.


The submission package must be sent to:

StageWorks Theatre Group, INC

237 Hamburg Turnpike

Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442

Attn:  One-Act Jamboree


Additional Information:

  • Submissions must be postmarked on or before March 1, 2024

  • Plays will NOT be returned and will be recycled.

  • The entry fee is non-refundable.

As the playwright, you are invited to auditions and will have input regarding casting and production presentation. However, Executive Director may choose to exercise her authority regarding questionable content and/or presentation of the show with consideration and protection of the reputation of the company in its entirety.



At the conclusion of the jamboree, one winner will receive a $250 cash prize based on audience vote.

Congratulations to Our 2023
One Act Jamboree Winners!

Thank you to everyone for participating in this year's festival. Submissions will open in January of 2024 for next year!

Winning Playwrights

First Place:  "Hook, Line, and Sinker" by Seth Barnes

Second Place:  "Coming to Town" by Keith Whalen

Third Place:   "The Funeral of Milly James" by Mindy Roll

Best Director

Brad Bebout - "Coming to Town"

Best Performer in a Male Role

Brad Bebout - "Hook, Line, and Sinker"

Best Performer in a Female Role

Rachel Perl - "Hook, Line, and Sinker"

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Did You Know?

Our StageWorks One Act Jamboree was formerly the Rhino Annual One Act Jamboree.

Take a look at our past winners:

2022 The One That Got Away by Tony Pasqualini

2021 Sorry Shakespeare by Ken Levine

2019 The Monster Under the Bed by Joseph Vitale

2018  The New Me by R.A. Pauli

2017 Pressed Between Pages by Robert Nicholson

2016  Thank You Notes by Marie Calude Tremblay

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