Welcome to the Dubuque Fine Arts Players

One Act Festival!

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Either way, submit early and often!

Still more questions? Contact Tom Boxleiter, the Contest Coordinator, by email.


Auditions will be held at Masonic Temple (1155 Locust in downtown Dubuque- use 12th Street Entrance) on Monday July 16 and Tuesday July 17, 2018, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm each evening.

Full details here.

2018 Plays:
First Place Provenance by Ian Patrick Williams
Second Place The Sad Truth About Country Songs by Stephen Gracia
Third Place Best Friends' Rule by Patricia Motto

Performances Sep. 13, 14, and 15 @ 7:30 PM at the Masonic Temple, 1155 Locust Street, Dubuque.

2017 Plays:
First Place Grind City by Rosemary Parrillo
Second Place Came for Me by Seth Kramer
Third Place Coming Up for Air by Marie Amthor-Schuett

Performed Sep. 28, 29, and 30 @ 7:30 PM at Mindframe Theaters, Kennedy Mall, Dubuque.

Misplaced your program in all the excitement? It's reproduced in Adobe pdf here.

The Dubuque Fine Arts Players are celebrating their 41st performance year in 2018.

Established in 1977, Dubuque Fine Arts Players' one-act play contest is the oldest in the United States. The contest now receives entries from around the country and around the world.

The Dubuque Fine Arts Players contest is unique in that our readers will return their comments and criticisms to our authors. Many of our authors have found these reviews invaluable to their writing process.

Each year, approximately 150 entries are reviewed and judged by local volunteers to select the best three. The three winning playwrights are awarded $600, $300, and $200 respectively, and the winning plays are produced and performed by the group each year in the Fall. Productions feature the talents of local actors and directors in the world premiere performances of winning plays.

The 2017 festival was September 28 through 30 @ 7:30 PM at Mindframe Theaters, Kennedy Mall, Dubuque. We bid a sad fairwell to our friends at Mindframe, and we'll be letting you know about a new location for the 2018 plays.