This year’s theme is Open Theme – What Do You Want To Change About the World? Students may focus on any issue they like such as income inequity or peer pressure; or you may choose to focus your contest on a single issue (bullying, environment, etc.) Young Playwrights for Change offers students a new way to explore and express how they feel about important issues. It gives them a voice and lets them speak to their peers and the adults in their lives in a new way.
TYA/USA and AATE member sponsored local contests feed into the National Contest. One winning play will be read at OTW: Sessions happening May 6, 2016, hosted The Kennedy Center preceding their New Visions/New Voices Festival. Other TYA gathering readings TBD.
The sign-up deadline participate as a host has passed. Thank you to our 30+ organizations and individuals for joining us!
National Winner Announced: March 16, 2016
National Winner Reading at OTW Sessions: May 6, 2016
Thank you to ALL our awesome playwrights for telling your stories. And a huge thank you to all our regional sponsor organizations.
Elissa Adams, Children’s Theatre Company
Eric Coble, Playwright
Matt Gutschick, Omaha Children’s Theatre at the Rose
Alexia McCarty, Young Playwrights for Change 2015 Winner
Jeff Revels, Orlando Rep
Cheryl West, Playwright
Susie Tanner - TheatreWorkers Project
Katy Kepler -The Rose Theater
Tom Quinn - Walnut Street Theatre
Wendy Bable - People’s Light
Emma Halpern – New York Children’s Theatre
Ashley Laverty – Arizona State University
Don Fleming – Seattle Children’s Theatre
Megan Collins – Seattle Children’s Theatre
Jason Gerhard – University of Central Florida
Susan Gurman – The Susan Gurman Agency
Todd Hulet – Todd Hulet Productions
Mark Branner – University of Hawaii
The Playwrights of OTW: Year 2 national winner Alexia McCarty with playwright attendees at One Theatre World 2015 in Chicago. Photo: Johnny Knight Photo
Michael Ford, sponsored by Childsplay and Rising Youth Theatre, Tempe/Phoenix, Arizona, for his play Nerdy Nate & the Anti-bullying Quest.
Alexia McCarty, sponsored by Noorda Theatre Center for Children and Youth, Orem, Utah, for her play Life Goes On.
Brian is a current TYA/USA Board Member and is the Playwright in Residence and Education Director of the Omaha Theater Company for Young People
Don is the Education Director at Seattle Children’s Theatre.
Jeremy is the Associate Artistic Director in Charge of Education Director at Lexington Children’s Theatre.
Julia is a current TYA/USA Board Member and the Education Director at First Stage, Milwaukee.