YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
The Young Playwrights Festival has been the flagship program at Baltimore Center Stage for over 31 years. Students in grades K–12 throughout Maryland are eligible to submit plays to our annual Young Playwrights Festival. Winning plays are honored with workshops and a professional production at Baltimore Center Stage.
This year's theme is "Truth or Dare."
The play submission deadline is Friday, February 1, 2019.
Submit your play.
This season’s Young Playwrights Festival will take place on Friday, April 12, 2019.
Questions? Contact email@example.com.
- The Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) has been our flagship education program for over 31 years.
- We have our own terrific curriculum—full of playful exercises to help students create.
- At the start of the school year, we embed our professional teaching artists in partner schools across the state of Maryland.
- Through our residency program, our professional teaching artist leads a class of up to 25 students through the play-writing process; producing short plays that can be submitted to the annual Young Playwrights Festival competition.
- Students in grades 1–12 are given tools to communicate their ideas, develop characters, write dialogue, and shape their stories and classroom teachers find new ways to engage students in writing.
- Classroom teachers find new ways to engage students in writing.
- 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 Education Department, professional designers, and actors.
Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) Residency Program
BRING A YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL RESIDENCY TO YOUR SCHOOL!
In eight sessions, our professional teaching artist will lead your class of up to 25 students through the playwriting process; producing short plays that can be submitted to the annual Young Playwrights Festival competition.
Only $800 per YPF residency (8 sessions)
FREE YPF RESIDENCIES FOR BALTIMORE CITY AND BALTIMORE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS!
A limited number of Young Playwrights Festival Residencies are offered FREE to under-resourced public schools in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, by application.
To bring a YPF Teaching Artist to your classroom, or to apply for a YPF school scholarship, please complete the online application form.
To learn more about YPF, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410.986.4051.
YPF residencies are offered, in part, through a contract with VSA Kennedy Center.
Young Playwrights Festival 2018 Honorees
By Kelly Durkin’s 2nd Grade Class, Hampstead Hill Academy
With a busted space heater and no relief in sight, life on Pluto can get cold, really cold. Unable to cope with the frigid temperatures inside their classroom, one adventurous group of students works together to crank up the heat.
By Isabella Otterbein, Grade 8, The Greenmount School
In 2053, the government passes a life-changing new law that makes a life of secrets and lies the only option for those it targets. Will Ella and Zoey survive, or will their emotions betray them before they discover the truth?
UNTITLED (GUINEA PIG PLAY)
By Patrick Kirwin, Grade 11, Albert Einstein High School
Rufus knows from experience that people are not to be trusted. To keep them locked up, they’ve been fed a diet of lies about the outside world. Pablo, his roommate, thinks he’s just being paranoid, but Rufus is determined to escape and find out for himself. The truth is out there.
By Tahjae Young, Grade 7, Sisters Academy
Ms. Kashia is hosting a talent show at her school. Aliyah, encouraged by her BFF Brandy, decides to show off her skills as a rapper. When her performance is met with laughter and Brandy is nowhere in sight, Aliyah plots her revenge.
By Julianna Gross, Grade 11, Sherwood High School
Jodie lives her life by the numbers. When her father falls ill, she naturally retreats into her world of logic and mathematics. Sometimes, the longest journey is just a few steps down the hall.
THE CONFUSING WAY OF LOVE
By Stella Kalambihis’ Life Skills Class, National Academy Foundation
Outside of The Perkins Homes in Baltimore, a group of rowdy children have gathered to make mischief on Halloween night. Old Bob Stevens, his equally ancient next-door neighbor, and her sharp-toothed pitbull Roxy have other plans. Madness ensues. Can love save the day?
Gary Be Unlucky: A short documentary film of a play written by students of the Lab School
The Last Meal and Ikea Kingdom: Two immersive theater pieces developed by students of the Montessori Public Charter School