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The Playwrighting Festival for Young Writers Showcase 2024

We are currently accepting submissions for our 2024 season. Open to Grades 4th through High School.

Deadline: March 1, 2024

Beginning in 2011, the New Play-Reading Festival is an integral part of our Creative Arts Academy. Because of this unique program, students, families, playwrights and artists experience the collaborative, educational process of bringing a new theatrical work from page to stage. While we received a total of only 6 submissions in its first year, the Growing Stage now receives over 150 new works annually from playwrights throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Subsequently, an ongoing effort for our company is to provide young people the platform to express themselves artistically and to share their voices. Therefore, we’re excited to present our 2nd Biennial Playwriting Festival for Young Writers.

Open to grades 4th through high school, we’ve structured the festival to provide a unique opportunity for the emerging artist in a meaningful and respectful manner. Additionally, a member of our professional artistic team will review each submission and will provide constructive critique.


Submit a synopsis and scene from an original piece you have written or are currently developing.

We encourage new works and a fresh perspective for any adaptations. Please note that if it is an adaptation the piece must be in public domain.

From our initial submissions, we will choose a select number to move forward for Phase 2. Each playwright will be notified.

PHASE 2: Full Play Submission

If your piece is selected for PHASE 2, we will ask that you submit your full piece. We accept submissions either through mail or email.

A designated panel of TGS artists will review each submission and select a total of four finalists for the final stage of development.

We will announce our finalists. (Date TBA)

PHASE 3: Mentorship & Festival

A professional playwright/mentor is assigned to each of the four finalists will be assigned to a  to assist and help you continue to develop your play leading up to the festival.

A director and actors are assigned to each piece for our Young Writers Showcase presenting our 4 finalists in Spring 2024.

Ticketing System

  • Main Stage Performances are normally Saturdays at 4:00PM and Sunday at 2:00PM. Friday performances are on a limited basis at 7:30pm.
  • Studio Series Performances: Thursday/Friday at 7:30PM, Saturday at 4:00PM and Sunday at 2:00PM.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Local Flavor Coupons and Groupons cannot be redeemed online.  You must call the Box Office to reserve and redeem. Box Office is open daily Monday thru Friday from 10:30am to 3:00pm. Please call at least 24 hours prior to redeem.
  • Seating begins 30 minutes prior to each performance. If you select Will Call as your ticket delivery method, your tickets will be available for pick up starting an hour prior to the performance.
  • Seating is general admission except for season ticket holders and groups of 10 or more.
  • Sales are final and no refunds will be given unless the performance is cancelled. If you are unable to attend, please contact the Box Office and we will do our best to accommodate you at a different performance based on availability.
  • Concessions will be available for sale before the performance and during intermission. Outside food and drink is not allowed.
  • Parking is available in the bank parking lot next to the theatre (when the bank is closed), the park lot behind the bank lot, and on the surrounding streets. If needed, overflow parking is available at the Methodist Church down the street.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the Box Office at 973-347-4946 or and we will be happy to assist you.

    Group Sales (10 or more) are available by calling the Box Office at (973) 347-4946.

Please fill out this form to receive more information or call 973-347-4946

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