Performing Arts Competitions

2019 National Drama Competition

The National Society of Arts and Letters invites actors to participate in the 2019 National Competition in Drama. The first place winner will receive $12,000. Cash prizes also are awarded to second, third and fourth place winners. The National competition will take place during the NSAL Meeting – May 30 – June 2 in Washington, D.C.

Contestants must first compete at the chapter level. Interested actors should submit completed applications to the chapter that is geographically near his or her home or school. To find a chapter, click on Chapter Contacts below. Each chapter pays the travel, hotel and conference registration expenses for its chapter finalist to compete in the National Competition.

2019 Drama Competition Rules and Performance Requirements

2019 Drama Competition Application & Certification Form

2019 Drama Competition Contacts

2019 Drama Competition Instructions for Drama Competition Chairs

2019 Drama Competition Judges Adjudication Forms


Dorothy Lincoln-Smith Voice Competition

The National Society of Arts and Letters is pleased to announce the formation of the Dorothy Lincoln Smith Voice Competition. Smith, the past NSAL National President and Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees, is generously underwriting this new competition for classical vocalists, ages 23 – 31. This inaugural competition began in 2017. A total of $10,000 will be awarded to winners.

Please click below to read more about this new competition and to apply.

2019 Dorothy Lincoln-Smith Voice Competition Brochure

2019 Dorothy Lincoln-Smith Voice Competition Application


Schedule of Upcoming Competitions

2019 National Awards Competition: Drama

The National Competition will be in Washington, D.C.