The Performing Arts Department offers many opportunities for our student writers to have their work developed and produced. Our very active student groups and their ongoing interest and dedication to the Art of Playwriting sponsor several of those opportunities.
Day O' Shame is a 24-hour playwriting slam. Writers, actors an directors converge on a Friday night, and by Saturday night they fully produce six short world premieres. Annual. Produced by the student group Thyrsus.
No Shame Theatre is a student-driven playwriting group open to all Wash U. students that meets once a month. The group invites writers to bring in scenes, short plays or writing experiments to be read/explored/discussed by writers and actors present. Annual. Produced by the student group Thyrsus.
Ten-Minute Play Festival is an event of five or six selected short pieces that receive full production. Produced by Cast n’ Crew in selected years.
Writers are given the opportunity to write for locations around campus. Some of those locations: a loading dock, underground tunnel, a parking garage, a student apartment and yes, even a men's restroom. Produced by the student group Thyrsus in selected years.
Student-Produced Full-Length World Premieres : These plays are usually chosen via a student-run playwriting competition called Thyrmpetition. The selected play is chosen, developed and produced for an on-campus venue. Produced by the student group Thyrsus in selected years.