Young Playwrights Festival
Each year, FST receives play submissions by playwrights ages 5-18 from around the world, submitted through FST's award-winning WRITE A PLAY program. Over the course of the 2019-2020 season, FST received submissions written by over 7,600 young playwrights —the most playwrights who have submitted plays to the program in over twelve years.
Each play is read at least twice by FST staff members and community volunteers, seeking those that reveal the unique voice of the child who wrote it - a play that no adult could write. In selecting winners, FST looks for plays with an imaginative plot and character, a strong sense of rhythm in the dialogue, innate wisdom, and diverse themes.
The most exemplary plays submitted by students in grades K-6 are produced in a full-scale, professional production.
This year's winners will be invited to the 30th Anniversary Young Playwrights Festival in the spring of 2021 to see their plays brought to life by professional actors and receive certificates and medals of achievement.
Congratulations to our 2020 Winning Playwrights! Click the "2020 Winners" tab above for a full list of our winning titles and playwrights.
Congratulations to our 2020 winning young playwrights! Their plays were selected out of submissions from over 7,600 young playwrights from around the world.
The Avocado Invasion
by Kimberlee Carswell, Emma Nell Abreu, Violet Pastor
by Mallory Anderson
by Pranaam Lobo
by Journey Prince
by Mia Guenero
by Matrick Thorpe
by Cora Thayer
Flying Solo With IBD
by Kyle Ramon and Jillian Vega
by Alon Barkay
by Nelson Vidro
by Luna Maria Chacon
Out and Proud
Submit Your Play!
Deadline for submissions: February 26, 2021
The Annual Young Playwrights Festival takes place each spring on Florida Studio Theatre's campus in downtown Sarasota. Festivites included a performance of the winning plays and an awards ceremony. This is an invite-only event for winners, their teachers, and their families.
Due to COVID-19, FST was forced to cancel the 2020 Festival. 2020 winning playwrights will be invited to the 30th Anniversary Young Playwrights Festival in the spring of 2021 to see their plays brough to life by professional actors and receive certificates and medals of achievement.
For any questions and more information, contact Adam Ratner, Young Playwrights Festival Coordinator/Lead Teaching Artist, at [email protected] or (941) 366-9017 ext. 323.
Young Playwrights Festival in the News
May 19, 2020 I BROADWAY WORLD I FST Announces Winners of 2020 Youth Playwriting Competition
May 18, 2020 I SRQ MAGAZINE I Florida Studio Theatre Announces Winners of Youth Playwriting Competition