The 24 Hour Plays: NETC!


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Register today for the first annual The 24 Hour Plays: NETC! Take your conference experience to the next level with this intensive marathon event, working together with artists to write, direct, and perform six original plays within 24 hours.

The process for The 24 Hour Plays begins at 10 p.m. on October 25th, the night before the performance. The writers, directors, actors, and production staff gather for an orientation where they are asked to share one costume piece, one prop, a special skill, and to reveal something that they have always wanted to do on stage. Using these items as inspiration, the writers spend the night developing 10-minute plays. At 9 a.m. the next morning (October 26th), the actors receive their roles and the directors arrive to begin rehearsal. Less than 12 hours later, they must be ready to perform in front of the live NETC audience!


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The 24 Hour Plays® brings together extraordinary artists to create time-limited theater around the world. In addition to The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and The 24 Hour Musicals, regular events take place in London, Los Angeles, Dublin, Germany, Minneapolis, Athens, Helsinki, Mexico City and Florence.



ONLY 6 directors & 24 actors will be accepted to fill the slots needed to create the plays. Don't miss out on your chance to be part of the first 24 Hour Plays: NETC!




Actors: There are only 24 Actor slots available for the 24 Hour Plays. We are hoping to have a variety of people across our divisions and encourage Professional, Community and University Student Actors to join us.  What a perfect opportunity to work all together as one giant theatrical family.


Directors: 6 directors will be selected to direct the plays.  When filling out your registration form, you will be asked your preferences.  You will be selected to be part of a team as one of the following: Director, Actor, Stage Management, Crew


Writers: Playwrights for the festival will be preselected.  For more information, email us at


Staff: Stage Managers, directing assistants, stage crew, costume designers, lighting designers, props masters are all needed to make everything come together and will be selected from registrants.  Lighting, Prop, and Costume designers should email us at to find out more information about how to participate.


Spots for the 24 Hour Play Festival will fill up fast. Register Today!


Registration information:

 Fee: $50 non-refundable application fee enables the participants to be part of the 24 Hour Plays: NETC from the informational meeting and casting Friday evening October 25 through the performance at the end of the convention on the evening of Saturday, October 26.


WHAT YOU GET:  Festival participants will be rehearsing throughout the day on October 26th. Box lunches will be provided as well as entrance to the exhibit hall where vendors and theatres presenting will be showcasing their companies, a networking dinner just before the awards show, and the play festival. 


Lodging in NOT included, to book your room contact the Courtyard by Marriott for a  special room rate of $149 per night. Make sure to tell them you are with NETC so you can the convention room rate.


TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR EXPERIENCE: Special Play Festival Weekend registration deal: $125 – this includes all of the events for the entire convention.  Come Friday for workshops and seminars, attend the keynote and networking dinner Friday evening.  Participate in the Play Festival. This does not include lodging although the Marriott has provided us with a special group rate of $149 per room which you can book directly through them (make sure to tell them you’re participating in the NETC Convention.)


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