The Estonian Theatre Agency (the Estonian Drama Agency until 2008) has been organizing playwriting competitions since 1995. The New Drama Competition takes place during odd years. The competition jury is made up of seven members with one or two members from the Agency’s Art Council and five to six members from among experienced Estonian theatre professionals, critics or theoreticians.
In addition to the New Drama Competition organised every other year, we have organised international, children’s and youth’s play and monodrama competitions. We welcome full-length plays from recognised authors but also authors who have only just begun writing plays for theatre to the competition. Throughout the years, the average number of plays submitted for the competition has been 65. It has become a tradition to translate the winning play into English and it is introduced more widely abroad.
The latest playwriting competition by the Estonian Theatre Agency was announced in February 2023, with the deadline set to August 1st, 2023. Read more about the competition here (in Estonian).
To request information about the competition, write to the address [email protected] (Heidi Aadma)