2024 Annual Statewide Festival

MTA 2024 is scheduled to be a live event that will take place January 11 – 14, 2024 in Gulfport, Mississippi.  In early October, a list of festival hotels will be posted HERE. Registration for groups will be found HERE. This will be posted in November for Community Theatres and December for High Schools. A full schedule of the events will be listed HERE in early January.  A full schedule of workshops will be listed HERE in early January. HERE is a link to our 2023 virtual festival program. The 2024 festival program will be posted in mid January.

Festival Passes will be available for $25 for the weekend (This will include play passes only. This pass does “not” include workshops, socials, etc.)

Day Passes will be available for $10 per day (This will include play passes only. This pass does “not” include workshops, socials, etc.)


Community Theatre Organizational Registration will be found HERE in early November. The deadline for the Community Theatre Festival is December 1.


HERE will be the link for Secondary Theatre Organizational and Festival Registration in early December. The deadline for registration is December 15.

2024 MTA Gulfport, MS Virtual Tour

Information on the Gulfport festival will be posted in early September.

Playwriting Competition

The MTA Playwriting Competitions are designed to recognize and promote the works of Mississippi playwrights and are open to all writers currently located in Mississippi.

Winners in the Adult and Youth competitions receive staged readings at the MTA Festival and cash prizes–$500 for Adult winners, $250 for Youth winners.

Submissions are accepted HERE from April 1, 2023, until October 1, 2023.

For questions, contact Tonya Hays, Youth Playwriting Chair, or Sarah Grammar, Adult Playwriting Chair.

Playwriting Contest Guidelines

For formatting guidelines, see pages 67-69 in the MTA Handbook.

Submissions are OPEN for MTA 2024.
Playwriting – 10 Days to Play Resource
Virtual Playwriting Workshop Video

Notable Theatre Festivals

Mississippi is home to several other theatre festivals. Visit the links below for more information

Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival

Introduction Letter

Mississippi Educational Theatre Association

Mississippi Thespians Website
Festival Archive
This is a record of past festivals held through the Mississippi Theatre Association.
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Playwriting Festival
The MTA 2024 Playwriting Festival is open for submissions!
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