Island Theatre’s



Every August, Island Theatre presents the Ten-Minute Play Festival – a juried selection of plays by Kitsap County playwrights—both established and aspiring. The winning plays are fully staged and performed in both evening and matinee performances.

Before the Festival, we host MEET THE PLAYWRIGHTS, a panel discussion and Q&A with the playwrights behind each year’s winning plays. What inspires them? Why did they choose that topic? Do they always use the same pen? No question is off limits!

And because we hope you’ll be inspired to write a play, each fall we offer a TEN-MINUTE PLAYWRITING WORKSHOP led by a professional playwriting instructor to give you a jumpstart on writing a play for next year’s Festival.

The deadline for play submissions each year is Valentine's Day, February 14th. Sign up for our mailing list below to receive notifications.

Join our mailing list to get info about play submissions and other Ten-Minute Play Festival events.

ISLAND THEATRE is excited to present

a two-session (8 hours total)

Ten-Minute Playwriting Workshop

October 1 and October 8

9:00 – 1:00 both days

held at the Bainbridge Public Library

Back by popular demand! In 2019 we offered a shorter version of this playwriting workshop led by professional playwright and teacher Kristina Sutherland Rowell. After that class, participants asked us to bring her back for more. So now, with the pandemic behind us, we’re doing just that.

This two-session, 8-hour course is for new and seasoned playwrights alike. Students will learn and experiment with the core fundamentals of playwriting while focusing on the ten-minute play format. You’ll discuss and debate what makes a “good” ten-minute play. And through a series of timed exercises and group games, you’ll create characters, write dialogue, and share your work out loud in a fast-paced, inclusive, safe, and fun environment.

Class size is limited to 15 so that each student receives personal attention.

This course is perfect for anyone who wants to submit a play for Island Theatre’s 2024 Ten-Minute Play Festival, learn the fundamentals of playwriting, or brush up your playwriting skills.

Sunday, October 1, 9:00-1:00 AND Sunday, October 8, 9:00-1:00 (8 hours total)

Cost: $120

Location: Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave N., Bainbridge Island

About the instructor: Kristina Sutherland Rowell

Kristina is a playwright and teaching artist with over 20 years of professional teaching experience. She has led playwriting courses for adult learners at ACT Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theater, and Macha Monkey Productions and has taught hundreds of beginning to advanced playwriting students.

Kristina is the author of several critically acclaimed plays including With Dignity, Thebes and Franklin and Figaro. Her play Nancy, Frank, and Joe, co-written with Desiree Prewitt, was nominated for the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award in 2010.

Kristina’s plays have been produced in Seattle, Denver, Albuquerque, and across Canada in numerous fringe theatre festivals. She is the co-founder and former Artistic Director of Macha Monkey Productions, now called Macha Theatre Works. Kristina received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Western Washington University and her Master's in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University.