Talking It Out Theatre: A Virtual Play Festival to spuport Mental Health


We are now accepting submissions for plays for the upcoming 2021-2022 season of the Talking It Out virtual play festival in support of mental health awareness.

Please read below for more details, as our submission guidelines have changed.

This year, we will be accepting submissions for short plays, (less than 20 minutes) one-act plays, (20-40 minutes) & full-length plays (60-120 minutes) of all genres, including comedy, drama, sci-fi, horror, experimental, etc. The one requirement – in terms of subject matter – is that all plays should deal with the topic of mental illness. (i.e. anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia, etc.)

Depending on the length and quality of the submissions received, our November 2021 performance will feature between 6-8 short plays, our March 2022 performance will feature between 2-4 one-act plays, and our July 2022 performance will feature 1 full-length play.

There is no submission fee, and playwrights are welcome to submit as many plays as they wish.

Plays that have received a previous reading or production are eligible, as long as they are unpublished.

Tickets to the festival will be free, but we will be accepting donations. Half will be donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, while the other half will be evenly distributed amongst the playwrights, actors & director.

Our submission deadline is May 31st at 11:59pm EST. Playwrights will be notified by July 31st at the very latest if their play is selected for inclusion in the festival.

Playwrights who are interested in submitting should send each submission via email to under the subject line “Talking It Out

Play Submission – INSERT PLAY NAME HERE”. Please also provide us with a brief synopsis & approximate run time of your play(s) in the body of your email.

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