ACANSA partners with The Yarn Storytelling to launch Ten-Minute Play Showcase

LITTLE ROCK – ACANSA Arts festival is proud to announce its inaugural production of The Ten-Minute Play Showcase. The arts organization will partner with The Yarn Storytelling to stage the show written, directed and enacted by local Arkansans.

This partnership is part of ACANSA’s effort to foster creative collaborations among artists, patrons, businesses and community institutions. The primary goals of this project are to provide an opportunity for community members to engage in the art of playwriting and to highlight the talent of local playwrights, directors and actors.

Launching this Showcase has been a dream of mine since I moved back to Little Rock,” says Hilary Trudell, Executive Producer of The Yarn Storytelling, “It’s such a fantastic way to highlight many artists and, in some cases, give those artists the recognition and support they need to take their work to the next level. I have produced these shows in Charleston, Washington DC and Georgia, and I have seen how it brings the community together and the confidence it gives artists. It’s truly magical.

The submission process is open to the public; experts and novices alike are encouraged to submit a ten-minute play for consideration. A panel of artists, including Candrice Jones and Steve Broadnax, will review submissions and choose five for staging. Prominent local directors will direct the chosen plays and local actors will bring the stories to life. Submissions will be accepted through December 15th and plays will be produced on March 1st at Pulaski Technical College.

Dillon Hupp, Executive Director of ACANSA adds “By investing in our local talent and providing more opportunities for people to come together around artistic experiences, we know that initiatives like The Ten-Minute Play Showcase will make Little Rock an even more dynamic and compelling place to call home.

For those interested learning how to write a ten-minute play, a Playwriting Bootcamp will take place on October 28th and 29th at the Clinton School of Public Service. RSVPs are required. To find out more about The Ten-Minute Showcase, please visit