Student Playwriting Festival

Do you love to write stories?

East Valley Children’s Theatre is looking for plays written by students 18 and younger

Submission of the plays needs to be in a word document, typed and double spaced and emailed to with a deadline of December 15, 2021.

Plays must be no longer than 10 minutes in length, have at least 2 characters, but no more than 6, with a single setting.  A cover sheet needs to include the playwright’s name, age, email address and phone number, as well as the school they attend, teacher’s name and teacher’s email address.

All Plays entered will have staged readings at the festival, with oral and written critiques from award winning playwrights.

All entrants will be guests for the staged readings, as well as guests of East Valley Children’s Theatre at its February Production of the winner of our annual playwriting contest.

For additional information, contact Karen Rolston, Artistic Director at EVCT, at 480-756-3828 or via email at

Technical Theater

Interested in back stage work, lighting and sound design? Then you are just what we need in East Valley Children’s Theatre’s Technical Theatre for Youth program, is open to junior high and high school students age 12-18. EVCT offers instruction in the technical aspects of theatre with hands on experience. Interested youth are given opportunities to work with the theatre professionals at East Valley Children’s Theatre. All performances and technical training are at the new Mesa Arts Center. Participants get training in the areas of lighting, sound, set design & building, stage crew positions, props, rigging & flying, make up and stage management. Professionals in each field will work with the young technicians mentoring and teaching them the ins and outs of Technical Theatre.

We are currently looking for Technical Theatre for Youth participants for our upcoming 2020-2021 season and our productions of  The Clumsy Princess and Marion and the Merry Men, a New Legend of Robin Hood. In addition to working tech at the shows, classes are provided during the year in lighting, sound, make up, costumes and set work.

For further information, contact Karen Rolston, Artistic Director at EVCT, at 480-756-3828 or via e mail at

Scholarship Program

East Valley Children’s Theatre will choose a former EVCT performer or technician to receive a scholarship for higher education. The Theatre has scholarship money to give out this year. Selected candidates need to be enrolled in or intending to enroll full-time in a two-year junior college, four-year undergraduate college or university, graduate program, or professional theatre-training program. This is a one-year scholarship for the school year beginning Fall of 2021. All applicants and recipients may reapply each year. Proof of enrollment is required.

Deadline to apply is June 1, 2021

EVCT also offers scholarships for classes, troupe membership and camps.  Scholarships given are either a ¼ or ½ payment scholarship for the program requested.  All scholarships are directed to our scholarship committee that then either approves or denies the application.  The number of scholarships given in a fiscal year, depends upon the amount of money in the scholarship fund.  This varies from year to year.  The approval process usually takes 7-10 days so get your application in early.

One on One Coaching

Need help with a monologue for an audition, or for a class. Need individual coaching on getting the true meaning of any monologue or scene work? The One on One Coaching is just the ticket to your success. Work with one of EVCT’s Staff to gain new insights into the script. Cost is $25 per hour. Time is flexible and can be arranged with Karen at EVCT to get you the best instructor for your work.

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Small Group Coaching

Small group (2 or 3 person class only) is also available at $15 per hour. Must have at least two people sign up together, no more than 3 per coaching class.

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