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
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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
Playwright: Ronan Guilfoyle
School: The Community School
Playwrights: Noelle Young-Davis
School: Baltimore School for the Arts
The Discovery of a New Planet
Playwright : Isaiah Owens, Payton West, Tyler Dorsey, Xavier Buchanan, and Milan Burley
School: Empowerment Academy
Playwright : Sarah Nelson
School: Dulaney High School
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.
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.