This is an updated collection of 100s of free play scripts for Drama students. These websites all contain scripts that are free to download and use in the classroom. There’s plays for young actors, teens, kids, large-scale plays, Christian scripts, historical plays, short plays and skits, vintage radio plays, scripts for K-3 students, and more. Drama students and teachers will find this handy set of free resources useful for either serious study or just plain fun!
Christian Play Scripts
DramaTix is a very large collection of Christian drama scripts suitable for the drama classroom. Scripts are categorised by topic (Bible stories, Easter etc). All scripts are free to download and royalty-free to perform. Each script has a brief synopsis with performance length, cast numbers, reader ratings etc.
Middle School Scripts
Fantastic collection of half a dozen original downloadable stage plays suitable for middle school students. Plays range from 60-80 minutes in length and have both small and large casts. Great for the drama classroom, youth theatre, camps, school productions etc. Professionally formatted with attribution the only requirement, but very worthy of a small donation.
Collection of short scenes from published plays and performances at short play festivals, suitable for teenage scene work in the drama classroom.
The Generic Radio Workshop has scripts to nearly 200 vintage radio plays and sketches from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. If you want to do a topic on radio plays in your drama classroom, this is the website for you.
Playscripts has hundreds of scripts for drama students, but a dozen quality play scripts are free to read (registration required).
Readers Theater Editions has several dozen quality short readers theatre free scripts for drama students. Each script is free to download, use in the classroom and perform. Play details such as age suitability, length, number of parts etc are also offered.
This collection of original ten-minute and full-length scripts used to be completely free. Nowadays, script downloads cost a small fee, but the quality of the scripts for student use in the classroom and the low cost still earns them a place on this list. These scripts are great for the drama classroom, especially the ten-minute plays.
Free Drama has dozens of short plays, skits and monologues for drama students. Free to read online or low cost PDF download available.
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Scripts for Senior High School
Simply Scripts is perfect for senior high school students of drama and theatre, consisting of external links to both free contemporary scripts and free historical plays out of US copyright. Most scripts in this selection are full-play length. Contemporary plays can be downloaded in doc or pdf. Historical plays are classics, many very well known and completely free to read, download, print, use in the classroom & perform.
ProPlays houses a large number of professionally written full-length plays, suitable for students and adult performers. Most scripts are available to view, print and download in full, making them useful for classroom drama. Performance rights must be obtained for production of the scripts.
Good School Plays is great collection of over 70 large-cast scripts for kids, written by high school drama teacher Richard Stuart Dixon. Website offers full play scripts, summaries, age suitability and casting information. Plays are free to produce. Prior permission from the playwright is all that is needed.
Scripts for Younger Performers
Kidsinco is a huge collection of short play scripts for younger children consisting of over 500 plays. Many scripts are adapted stories or fables by unknown authors, while other plays are original works – all free to use in the drama classroom.