Growing Stage Playwriting FestIival
ON STAGE | Playwriting FEstival for Young Writers

Inaugural Playwriting Festival for Young Writers

Submissions are now open!

Since 2011, the New Play Reading Festival has been an integral part of our Creative Arts Academy. Through this unique program, students, families, playwrights and artists have experienced the collaborative process of bringing new theatrical work form page to stage. From our first 6 submissions during our first year, the New Play Reading Festival has blossomed, now receiving over 160 new works annually from aspiring playwrights throughout the U.S. and around the world. 

In recognition of the Festival’s 10th anniversary, we are excited to introduce the Growing Stage Playwriting Fesitival for Young Writers. Our mission: to provide young, emerging writers a platform to express themselves artistically and to share their voice. Finalists will be provided the opportunity to mentor with a professional playwright, helping them to hone their skills, talent and confidence. 

The 2021 TGS Playwriting Festival for Young Writers will begin on March 15th and culminate with an “Evening of Scenes” in August 2021.

Our Playwriting Festival will take place over the course of three Rounds:


Synopsis & Scene Submission
March 15th - April 15th

  1. Submit a synopsis and a scene from your play. 
  2. We encourage new works or a fresh perspective if an adaptation. 
  3. All work will be read and feedback will be given for each submission. 
  4. Semi-finalists will be notified in April. 


Semi-Finalist Selection & Full Play Submission
May 15th

  1. Semi-finalists will submit their completed play by May 15. 

  2. All semi-finalists’ submissions will be read and feedback will be given for each play. 

  3. Four (4) finalists will be notified by June 15. 


Finalist Selection, Mentorship & Showcase
March 15 - April 15

  1. Each finalist will be assigned a professional playwright/mentor to assist in the continued development of their play. 

  2. A director and actors will be assigned to each playwright/mentor duo to assit. 

  3. Each finalist’s play will be showcased at the Festival’s conclusion during our “Evening of Scenes” in August 2021. 


Playwrights must be aged 10-18 on April 15, 2021; co-written plays are accepted, provided all writers meet the age requirement. Co-written pieces must include contact information for each writer. 


  • You may only submit a SYNOPSIS and SCENE from one play for consideration.
  • Use a clear, standard font.
  • Your submission must include a COVER PAGE with: Play Title, Playwright Name, Playwright Date of Birth, Age, School Name, E-Mail Address, Contact Phone Number, Mailing Address.
  • No identifying information, including your name, should appear anywhere on the synopsis page or the scene pages.
  • All submissions must be postmarked or submitted by 11:59pm EST, April 15, 2021. All electronic submissions must in PDF format. We do not accept Google Docs.
  • To submit by E-Mail: send your synopsis, scene and cover page as a PDF with your working play title in the subject line to:
  • To submit by MAIL: Send your synopsis, scene and cover page to:

    TGS Playwriting Festival for Young Writers 
    c/o The Growing Stage Theatre 
    P.O. Box 36 
    Netcong, New Jersey 07857 

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.

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