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Marcia Légère Student Play Festival

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Play submissions are now being accepted through December 14th - email your play submission to Cassie Charleston or Wesley Korpela.

Considering applying to direct a play?  Fill out the Director Submission Form and email to cassie or Wesley by December 15th.


This March, audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy the 27th annual Marcia Légère Student Play Festival.

In the early 1940s, a student at UW-Madison named Marcia Légère won the first Wisconsin Playwrights Contest with a piece that her professor submitted secretly. Légère graduated from the university with a degree in Comparative Literature, going on to a successful career as a writer for documentary films and television. Légère decided that she wanted to give back to the university that had provided her with one of her first great accomplishments as a writer. Saddened to hear that the Wisconsin Playwrights Contest was no longer in existence, she worked with the University of Wisconsin Foundation to bring the competition back to life. Today, Légère’s generous contributions continue to give students an opportunity to produce original theatre.

The most important aspect of the Marcia Légère Student Play Festival is that it is entirely accomplished by students. This festival provides valuable opportunities for students across disciplines to explore, test, and practice the art of theatre. Ultimately, the festival itself provides the infrastructure to support a unique community of students who, like Marcia Légère herself, find friendship and personal and professional satisfaction from the dramatic arts.

The 27th annual Marcia Légère Student Play Festival will run March 15-17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fredric March Play Circle in Memorial Union. The festival is free and open to the public. 

Interested in submitting a short play for consideration?  Check out the formatting guidelines.

Questions? Contact Cassie Charelston or Wesley Korpela.

2015-16 winning plays/playwrights

2016-17 winning plays/playwrights