Calgary Region One Act Play Festival

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Calgary Region One Act Play Festival

The Pumphouse Theatre has presented the Calgary Region One-Act Play Festival with the Alberta Drama Festival Association for over 30 years, and we are excited to do so again!

Registration for eight spots will open on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning September 15, 2021 at 12:00pm.

The festival will be held March 16 to 19, 2022 in the Victor Mitchell Theatre.

One play is chosen by a professional adjudicator to represent Calgary at the Provincial One-Act Festival. Winning plays from each region will receive travelling expenses or a grant to assist in funding their participation in the provincial festival by the Alberta Drama Festival Association.

Registration Requirements

  • All registrations must be submitted no earlier than noon on September 15, 2021, with a completed registration form and a $60 non-refundable registration fee.
  • The performing group is responsible for royalty payments. A letter confirming permission from the publisher or playwright must be included.
  • A clean copy of the script must be delivered by the January 31, 2021, deadline. Photocopies will only be accepted for an original script. Outlines for collective creations will be accepted, but may not be eligible for outstanding original script. Improvised shows are not eligible.
  • Make cheques payable to the Pumphouse Theatres Society.
  • Participants who are members of CAEA, ACTRA, or IATSE are not eligible to participate.
  • Plays must be one act in length. Performances between 10 and 60 minutes. No excerpts.
  • Each group is responsible for supplying its own technicians for stage management and light and sound operation. We can provide training to operators.
  • Each show must be set up in 10-minutes and struck in five-minutes.
  • Casts shall be predominantly adult and from Calgary.

All performances and participants must adhere to the ADFA rules and guidelines. More information can be found on the ADFA website, visit

Awards and prizes are presented for outstanding production, outstanding direction, outstanding performances, outstanding technical merit, and outstanding new work!

Registration for the Calgary Region One-Act Play Festival at the Pumphouse Theatre (2140 Pumphouse Ave. SW) starts Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 12:00pm.

Registration will close when all slots are filled or by January 31, 2022.

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information, including One-Act Play Festival rules and regulations, please feel free to email

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