Young Playwrights Festival 

Do you know a budding writer? Are you looking to stimulate your child's or students' creativity? Encourage them to submit to Center Stage's 31st annual Young Playwrights Festival (YPF).

Students in grades K–12 throughout Maryland are eligible and may get to see their play on stage! Numerous plays are honored each year with workshops, in-school performances, and even performances at Center Stage.

Young Playwrights Festival
Monday, May 1, 7 pm

Deadline to submit: Friday, Feb 3, 2017 

For more information, contact the Community Programs & Education Department at 410.986.4050 or

YPF Residencies

Are you a classroom teacher or administrator interested in bringing a playwriting residency into your classroom? In 6-8 sessions, our experienced teaching artists will lead your students through the playwriting process, which will culminate in a play that can be submitted to the Young Playwrights Festival. 

If you are interested in hearing more, please contact Kristina Szilagyi at

YPF residencies are offered in part through a contract with VSA Kennedy Center.





Special Thanks: The Young Playwrights Festival is made possible through the generous support of our many community partners, including: