65th Annual High School Drama Festival
Wednesday, Feb. 19 through Saturday, Feb. 22

Registration Deadline: Jan. 31

High School Drama Festival Registration Form

High School Drama Festival Student Registration Form

Join Us!

ENMU students together with our experienced faculty of working, professional artists are ready and eager to meet high school drama directors, to guide and welcome them to a variety of fun and instructive workshops and rewarding discussions. There are opportunities high school students to audition for ENMU scholarships and, of course, we are happy to show the best of what our participating high schools has to offer in performance for peer high schools.

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Festival Overview

The 2020 Drama Festival will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 at 11 a.m and conclude Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, after the awards ceremony, immediately following the last one-act play. Our festival consists of one-act plays presented by participating schools, numerous workshops, social gatherings, and networking opportunities for students and educators from every corner of the state and nearby Texas. You are invited to participate whether or not your school is going to present a play this year. Come and be a part of this valuable educational and community-building event. While visiting ENMU, students will be able to meet the faculty and staff of the Department of Theatre and Digital Filmmaking, tour the campus, and join in with the University community.

Performance Slots

We schedule performance slots on a first-come, first-served basis. Entries must be received by Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. Each high school will have a total of 45-minutes to present their production, this includes setup and strike.

New Plays

In the past, we have recognized new plays written by high school students. The results have been outstanding, and we would love to see what more of our budding local playwrights have to say.

Performances with Restricted or Sensitive Subject Matter

You must notify us at the time of registration if your production contain restricted or sensitive subject matter. Failure to disclose this information at time of registration will result in your performance being halted. We use guidelines set forth by the Federal Trade Commission (FCC) in determining restricted (R) rated subject matter. This would be, "adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually-oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements." Sensitive subject matter would include, but not limited to, suicide, sexual assault, sexuality, religion, etc.

Scholarship Auditions

High school seniors who plan on attending Eastern New Mexico University and are interested in studying theatre or film have an opportunity to audition for a scholarship. Seniors can sign up for an audition time during festival check-in. Auditions will be held the morning of Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.

Seniors interested in a theatre scholarship should present:

  • Performance: one 1-minutes dramatic monologue and one 1-minute comedic monologue, or
  • Design: portfolio of set, lighting or costume designs, or
  • Playwright: one 1-act play (scripts must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020)

Seniors interested in a film scholarship should present:

  • Short film: one short film no longer than 10-minutes, or
  • Portfolio reel: samples of various film works (entire reel should be no longer than 3-minutes)
  • Film submission guidelines: short films/reels should be submitted at time of festival check-in. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for specifics regarding film/reel submissions 

For More Information About the Festival Contact:

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Chair, Department of Theatre and Digital Filmmaking; Associate Professor of Digital Filmmaking
ENMU Station 37
1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130

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1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130