Baltimore Center Stage: Young Playwrights Festival

Young Playwrights Festival


Young Playwrights Festival

Illustration by Rebecca Hu

YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL

The Young Playwrights Festival and Residency program has been the flagship education program at Baltimore Center Stage for the past 40 years. Students in grades K–12 throughout Maryland are eligible to submit plays to our annual Young Playwrights Festival. Winning playwrights are honored with a playwright mentor to help them refine and edit their scripts before the plays receive a professional production at Baltimore Center Stage.

Come experience brand-new plays from some of Maryland’s best young artists. These wildly creative and deeply brilliant short plays that represent the bright future of the American theater.

POSTPONED

Fri, March 27, 2020
Free and open to the public

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Questions? Contact education@centerstage.org.


2020 YPF Honorees

Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200: A Murder Mystery
Playwright:  Deep Creek Middle Drama Club
Grade: Mixed middle school
School: Deep Creek Middle School

Lost Property
Playwright: Ronan Guilfoyle
Grade: 10th
School: The Community School

Repast
Playwrights: Noelle Young-Davis
Grade: 11th
School: Baltimore School for the Arts

The Discovery of a New Planet
Playwright : Isaiah Owens, Payton West, Tyler Dorsey, Xavier Buchanan, and Milan Burley
Grade: 5th
School: Empowerment Academy

The Earthlings
Playwright : Sarah Nelson
Grade: 12th
School: Dulaney High School

Vacation Complication
Playwright : The Happy, Cool 2-3 Crew: Ms. Mello-Hare's group
Grade: 2nd and 3rd
School: Child First Authority at Dr. Bernard Harris Elementary/Middle


YPF Residency Program

BRING A YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL RESIDENCY TO YOUR SCHOOL!

In nine sessions, our professional teaching artists will lead 2nd - 12th grade classes of up to 25 students through the playwriting process; producing short plays that can be submitted to the annual Young Playwrights Festival competition. Students are given tools to communicate their ideas, develop characters, write dialogue, and shape their stories. The residency will culminate in a mini In-School Reading Festival. 

In January, we invite and receive hundreds of play submissions from participants in our residencies, and many more from students across the state. 

In the spring, up to six plays are chosen to receive a professional production at Baltimore Center Stage.

All Young Playwrights Festival honorees are assigned a mentor to help them refine and edit their scripts before the plays are presented.

The final product from each playwright is directed into one cohesive fully realized production put together by our Learning Department, professional designers, and actors.

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FREE YPF RESIDENCIES FOR TITLE 1 SCHOOLS!

A limited number of Young Playwrights Festival Residencies are offered FREE to Title 1 schools the greater Baltimore area, by application.

 

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


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