One-Act Play Festival


WHAT: One-Act Play Festival is a free program that gives teens the opportunity to produce and direct a play performed in a professional theater.

WHO: Any High School Student from the Bay Area passionate about theater! No directing experience needed.

➢ Learn from theater professional mentors
➢ Cast actors, technicians, designers
➢ Direct rehearsals, stage design, sound, light
➢ Explore the art of a full cycle theater production
➢ Work with professional equipment
➢ Enhance leadership and project management skills

WHERE: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, SecondStage, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA, 94041

HOW TO APPLY: If interested, contact Jenn Poret at

Choose from the list of Pre-Approved One-Acts (contact Jenn Poret at to request access):

 A few classic One-Acts:

“The People” by Susan Glaspell
“The Beggar and the King” by Winthrop Parkhurst
“The Game” by Louise Bryant
“A Matter of Husbands” by Ferenc Molnar
“Trifles” by Susan Glaspell

A few new One-Acts:

“Between Them Ears” by Nelson Diaz-Marcano
“2045” by Scott Lummer
“10 Ways to Survive the End of the World” by Don Zolidis
“The NSA’s Guide to Winning Friends and Influencing People” by Don Zolidis
“Conspicuous” by Winter Miller 
“Mr. Fluffles” by Nina Ki
“7 Days to Mexican” by Annette Sanchez
“ANTROBUS” by Ian W. Hill
“The Bee Orchard” by Susan Hansell

We welcome diverse views and voices and are open to working with you to find the play that you will excited to direct. To get your search started, we have compiled a list of plays that are meant to be a sample of the potential options. If you are interested in a particular story or theme that you do not find represented, we encourage you to suggest your own One-Act script for the Festival. You can also reach out to the Performing Arts Committee at, and we can assist you in finding a play that is right for you. Here are the instructions on how to submit your own One-Act script for approval.


Submit a One-Act script for Approval: Potential directors are encouraged to submit a one-act script of their choosing for review by the Performing Arts Committee (PAC). If you choose this option, please submit your application and review request by September 6 to and

PAC review consists of making sure proposed scripts are good fits for the festival and includes (but is not limited to): length of the plays, number and variety of roles, and required props and scenery; (these will not be provided).  In most cases, PAC and its advisors will be able to help directors adapt performance material for the festival; however, we reserve the right to recommend applicants propose alternative plays. Recent productions included plays from The Good Doctor by Neil Simon and Collective Dating by V.B. Leghorn.


Application: September 6, 2019
Kickoff Meeting: October 6, 2019
Rehearsals: TBD
Shows: February 7 & 8, 2020

City of Mountain View Performing Arts Committee