1,001 Plays

1,001 Plays connects playwrights and audiences from worlds apart

1,001 Plays is an annual 10-minute play festival presented by Global Partners worldwide -

the first international new play exchange of its kind. 

Students write, perform, direct and dramaturg original works for the stage, exploring multiple perspectives on a single idea. These short student works are performed live online and followed by a talkback, allowing both students and audiences the opportunity to share, reflect and respond.

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This year student playwrights will write on the theme of TRUST
1,001 Plays

Our 2019-2020 Exchange

Upcoming Events

February 10, 2022: George Mason University’s School of Theater will host staged readings of new short works on the theme of TRUST, written by student playwrights from around the world.

Check back for updates on additional Global Partners’ readings in our 2021-2022 exchange.

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Important Dates for Participants
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Global Partner Entry Form
Due September 15, 2021
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Student Playwright Entry Form
Due November 1, 2021
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Playwright Agreement & Play Submission
Due December 1, 2021
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Playwrights Notified
by December 15, 2021
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Global Partners

Become a Global Partner

We invite college, university, and other theater training programs to join our network of Global Partners at no cost to their students or institution.

Global Partners agree to:

  • designate one faculty mentor to serve as our contact and advise at least one student playwright in the development and submission of their play, scene or monologue
  • assist students in rehearsing and hosting staged readings of original 10-minute plays or recording scenes and monolgoues as assigned
  • provide the technological support to enable video-chatting for the 10-minute play presentations and allow the playwrights, artists, and audience to connect in real-time for post-show discussion

If you would like to become a Global Partner, email a completed Global Partner form to plays@gmu.edu

George Mason University's Global Partners

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Meet Our Global Partners

Faculty Mentors

Nanjing University

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Gao Ziwen “Alex” - associate professor at Nanjing University, head of the Department of Theatre, Film and TV. He received a bachelor's degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Nanjing University and a PhD in Theatre. In 2011, he was a visiting scholar at Columbia University. In 2013, he participated in the Austria Resident Artist project. In 2019, he was selected as Excellent Youth of Social Sciences in Jiangsu Province. His main research interests are avant-garde theater and theater criticism.

Published books: The Thankless Children of Civilization: Staging China in American Theatre. Translation: American Avant Garde Theater: A History (written by Arnold Aronson). Stage Plays: Day and Night Here (2012), Pollution (2013) and Hometown (2019).


Santa Caterina Federal University

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Paulo Ricardo Berton Playwright, Theater Director, Translator and Professor both at the undergrad (ART) and graduate (PPGLit) levels at the Santa Catarina Federal University (UFSC, Brazil). B.A in Theater Direction (UFRGS, Brazil/1999), M.A in Literature (PUCRS, Brazil/2007) and Ph.D. in Theater (CU Boulder,  USA/2010) with a full doctorate scholarship CAPES/Fulbright.

Credits: The Man of Mode or Sir Fopling Flutter (2016, translator, actor and director), ART (2018, translator and director). Publications: The Vietnamese Theatrical Tradition in the Plot of Monsun (2017), Conflict as the Foundation of Drama (2019).

Memberships: Forum Junge Bühnenangeh.riger (Berlin/2001), Lincoln Center's Director's Lab (NY/2010). Secretary of Culture of UFSC (2012-2014). Coordinates the NEEDRAM (Research Center in Theatre Directing and Dramatic Writing), theSBEDR (Brazilian Seminar of Dramatic Writing), and the Miletrê Theater Company.

University of Toronto

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Djanet Sears is a playwright, a director, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. Her work has graced such stages as the National Arts Centre, Mirvish Productions, Tarragon Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, Obsidian Theatre, Black Theatre Workshop, Centaur Theatre, Soulpepper Theatre, the Public Theatre, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Crossroads Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Grand Theatre, St. Louis Black Repertory, Canadian Stage, and Factory Theatre.

Best known plays, Harlem Duet and The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, have been widely published and translated. She has been awarded several honours including a Governor General's Literary Award, a Canadian Screenwriting Award, the Chalmers Canadian Play Award, Dora Mavor Moore Awards, a Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award and a Gold Prize at the International Radio Festival of New York. She is a founding member of the Obsidian Theatre Company, and the editor of two anthologies: Testifyin': Contemporary African Canadian Drama, Vols. I & II.


Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (CDTPS) at University of Toronto

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Undergraduate students at University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama,Theatre and Performance Studies


The undergraduate program at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (CDTPS) offers a unique combination of rich and rigorous scholarship with high standards of practical training. The program provides students with an integrated set of critical and artistic skills through which to engage with broader intellectual, social, and political issues in the Humanities and beyond. Along with courses in theatre and performance theory and history, dramatic literature, dramaturgy, technology, and practice-based lab courses, the CDTPS offers introductory and advanced studio courses in acting, directing, playwriting, production & design, performance & technology. The Digital Dramaturgy Lab (squared) (DDL) 2 and the newly founded BMO Lab in Creative Research in the Arts, Performance, Emerging Technologies and AI, with their international scope and interdisciplinary approach, present the students with a unique opportunity to develop projects exploring the use of new technologies in the context of the performing arts.

Nanjing University’s Department of Theater, Film and Television

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Nanjing students perform Stage Directions by Paula Manoel (NEEDRAM/SCFU) and Changing Tides by Jacob Horowitz (Mason)

Nanjing University’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program is affiliated with the Department of Theater, Film and Television in the School of Liberal Arts. It began in 2005, taking 30 students each year, and focuses on cultivating practical talents in the field of theater, including playwriting, directing, acting, criticism and theater management.

NEEDRAM at Santa Catarina Federal University, Florianópolis, Brazil

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The Center for Studies in Theatre Directing and Playwriting (NEEDRAM), certified by CNPq (National Council of Research) and linked to the Graduate Program in Literature (PPGLit) and the Undergraduate Department of Arts (ART), both at UFSC, aims to research and investigate Dramatic Theatre, through research and extension activities. In addition to courses taught in undergraduate and graduate courses, the undergraduate final project and master's degrees advisements, NEEDRAM develops and takes part in several research and extension projects, among which the following stand out:

  1. 1,001 PLAYS – Series of readings of plays written by University Playwriting students and coordinated by George Mason University (USA). 
  2. SBEDR (Brazilian Playwriting Conference) – An event going to its sixth edition in 2021 that brings together national and international playwrights, professors and researchers of the field. 
  3. MILETRÊ – NEEDRAM’s theatre company whose last production was ‘The Man of Mode’ by Sir George Etherege. 
  4. WORKSHOPS – NEEDRAM tries to expand the development of playwrights through workshops outside the university, like the ones at the MST (Landless Worker’s Movement) settlements and at the FCC/CIC (Integrated Culture Centre) in Florianópolis. 
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