Theatre Odyssey’s first Ten-Minute Play Festival in 2006 was a single night, sold-out event. It cemented an idea that developed from conversations among local actors and writers that new, original work could be performed in different venues and everyone part of any production would receive some monetary compensation for their time and talent.
In 2013, the company created a Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival to encourage emerging playwrights from local high schools. That initial festival was in January of that year and became Theatre Odyssey’s second annual event.
Theatre Odyssey’s newest effort is a One-Act Play Festival (Fall 2018) producing new one-act plays solicited from throughout the United States.
The 2019 Ten-Minute Play Festival will welcome plays from all of Florida. The Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival will welcome submissions from a multi-county area including Manatee and Sarasota.
Over 150 original new plays have been produced over the years. Many playwrights whose work was first presented by Theatre Odyssey have been published elsewhere, and their work has been produced nationally and internationally.
Theatre Odyssey has published three anthologies. Volume I is the work produced in the years 2006 through 2009 and Volume II, 2010 through 2013, and Volume III, the plays produced from 2014 through 2017. All three volumes are available from national booksellers.
Theatre Odyssey is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit company.