ON STAGE | Playwriting FEstival for Young Writers
The Playwrighting Festival for Young Writers Showcase 2023
Submissions Open September 1st for Our 2nd Annual Playwrighting Festival for Young Writers!
Since 2011, the New Play-Reading Festival has been integral part of our Creative Arts Academy. Through this unique program, students, families, playwrights and artists have experienced the collaborative, educational process of bringing a new theatrical work from page to stage. With 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.
We’re excited to present our 2nd Annual Playwriting Festival for Young Writers. An ongoing effort for our company is to provide young people the platform to express themselves artistically and to share their voices.
Open to grades 4th through high school, This festival is structured to provide a unique opportunity for the emerging artist in a meaningful and respectful manner. Each submission will be reviewed by a member of our professional artistic team and provided with a constructive critique.
The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31, 2022
PHASE 1: (April 15 – May 15)
Submit a synopsis and scene from an original piece that you have written or currently
We encourage new works or 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 ask that you submit your full piece by May 31, 2022. These can be accepted either through the 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.
Four finalists will be announced by June 15th .
PHASE 3: Mentorship & Festival
Each of the four finalists will be assigned to a professional playwright/mentor to assist and help you continue to develop your play leading up to the festival.
A director and actors will be assigned to each piece for our Young Writers Showcase presenting our 4 finalists on September 17th .