Innovative Theatre Challenge poster

What is the Innovative Theatre Challenge?

The first time was so much fun we thought we’d do it AGAIN! Theatre in the Park was so impressed with the ideas and scripts for the 2020 Innovative Theatre Challenge that we’re making it an annual event.

TIP’s Innovative Theatre Challenge invites playwrights from across the Kansas City Metro area to submit new work that will compete to be produced on the Theatre in the Park indoor stage!  The chosen piece will be work-shopped, fully produced and performed in December of 2021. We are very excited to see what great things writers in our area can produce.



Where are we in the process?

Finalists are working on updated concepts with further detail of their initial concept!  See below for more details.


Here are a few things to keep in mind when creating your script:


  • Piece cannot have been previously produced – in part or in full.

  • Comedies preferred, but all genres are accepted.

  • Small cast – keep in mind the performance space is the Black Box Theatre at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center.

  • 90 minutes in length.

  • Musicals are preferred, but plays or plays with music will be accepted.

  • Any music used must be original or in the public domain.

  • All styles of music will be accepted.

  • Pre-recorded musical tracks are appreciated for original music (but not required)

  • Be mindful of locations and technical requirements.  As the production will be produced in the Black Box theatre a unit set production is preferred.  Other locations are possible if those locations can be traveled to representationally or easily multiple location pieces.


Schedule for Submissions

March 12: Concept Submissions due
March 17: Finalists announced.  Finalists selected by the TIP team will receive a $100 honorarium. 

April 23: Concept Updates due for finalists
May 28: Winning Script announced.  The selected script will receive a $200 honorarium. 

Playwright/s will work with TIP Producing Artistic Director over the course of three months to finesse the show and prepare it for production.

Working script changes will be due the first Friday of each month:

July 2
August 6
September 3

Auditions in October!