The Bully Project

A student at work for The Bully Project

Congratulations to our 2013-14 Bully Project Finalists:

  • Hannah Bachman
  • Lizzy O'Mahony
  • Mariara Penaloza-Vu
  • Pablo Reese
  • Chloe Rust
  • Kendall Uslan

Download the winning scripts of 2013-2014!

The Bully Project returns for its second year! OCT invites middle school students to submit original 10 minute plays with anti-bullying themes.

OCT will select six finalists to work with local playwrights to revise and craft their scripts. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners. All six finalists will also be featured in a staged reading at the Winningstad Theatre, a 300 seat venue in the heart of downtown Portland.

The Bully Project is a regional contest of Young Playwrights for Change, a national playwriting contest hosted by Theatre for Young Audiences USA and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. OCT’s first place winner will have their play submitted to YPC for a chance to win a trip to Washington DC and have their script performed at a staged reading at the Kennedy Center.

Questions about The Bully Project? Please contact Allison Davis at

Are you a K-12 educator interested in being involved in the Bully Project? OCT is currently looking for teachers to serve on our submission committee. Email for more information!

The Details

  • Plays must address the subject of bullying and contain an anti-bullying message.
  • Authors must be in 6th-8th grade and live in Oregon or Washington. Scripts may not be co-authored.
  • Completed scripts must be no longer than 10 minutes when read aloud and may contain no more than six characters.
  • Submit two typed copies of your play. Submissions must be accompanied by The Bully Project Cover Page and a signed Parent Consent form.
  • Scripts must be in standard American format. Check the creative and style guidelines if you have questions about this.
  • Mail submissions to Oregon Children’s Theatre, 1939 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97232. SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JANUARY 3, 2014.

Important Dates

  1. January 3, 2014: Deadline for submissions.
  2. March 2014: Sessions with six finalists and local playwrights. OCT’s studios, date and time TBD.
  3. April 30, 2014: Third, second and first place winners announced.
  4. May 11, 2014: The Bully Project staged reading, Winningstad Theatre (1111 SW Broadway)
Please note: By submitting a play to The Bully Project, you are giving Oregon Children’s Theatre permission to produce or excerpt your play now or in the future, and giving permission for your script to be made available online for free download for educational and not-for-profit use.