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.
Fri, March 27, 2020
Free and open to the public
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compete in the Young Playwrights Festival for a chance to have Center Stage produce your play!
Submit your play here Enter
all playwrights must be currently enrolled in a Maryland public, private, or non-traditional educational institution, and must be in grades 2-12, or the equivalent.
All plays should be approximately 10 minutes in length.
Submission deadline is February 7th, 2020.
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.
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.
2019 YPF Honorees
Candy Make Up and Break Up
Playwright: Suzanne Meyer-Seymour’s 2nd grade class
School: Creative City
Playwright: Emily Tian
School: Richard Montgomery High School
Playwrights: Quinn Katz-Zogby and Lia Worth
School: City Neighbors
Larry the Elf
Playwright : Lindsey Brilliant
School: Howard High School
Playwright : Jake Fischvogt
School: City Neighbors
Playwright : Royale Taylor
School: Belle Grove
What Are You Hiding?
Playwrights: Shanna Concannon, Elizabeth Shannon, Morgan Southwell, Joseph Wallenmaier
School: Governor Thomas Johnson High School