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.
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.
We are excited to celebrate the hard work of our participating students with The Brave Princess & Other Winning Plays, a theatrical production featuring two-years of winning plays by young playwrights. This year’s performance will be streamed online. For more information or to register for this special streamed performance, click here.
The year-long program culminates with FST’s Annual Young Playwrights Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 5, where students, their families, educators, playwrights, and dignitaries will come together virtually to celebrate the outstanding plays created over the course of the year.
Congratulations to our 2021 Winning Playwrights! Click the "2021 Winners" tab above for a full list of our winning titles and playwrights.
Congratulations to our 2021 winning young playwrights!
The Case of the Missing Pet Food
by Evangeline Robinson
Tatum Ridge Elementary (Sarasota County), Ms. Braunstein—3rd Grade
Crimson Bomber vs. Mistress Pearl
by Leandro Nieves
Holy Name School (Camden, NJ), Mrs. Buchhofer—7th Grade
How the Sloth Became Queen
by Students in Ms. Sandlin’s 4th Grade Class
Longleaf Elementary School (Pasco County), Ms. Sandlin—4th Grade
Out of Buns
by Students in Ms. Wagner’s 4th Grade Class
Westwood Elementary (Woodstock, IL), Ms. Wagner—4th Grade
by Students in Mr. Saldivar and Mrs. Cardel’s 3rd Grade Class
Tuttle Elementary (Sarasota County), Mr. Salvidar and Mrs. Cardel—3rd Grade
The Sudden Hit
by Makayla Maneio
Bradenton Christian School (Manatee County), Ms. Spanos—4th Grade
Middle and Highschool Winners
by Jayelle S. McCarthy
Booker Middle School (Sarasota County), Ms. Mills—7th Grade
by Ayanna Cabrera
Booker Middle School (Sarasota County), Ms. Mills—8th Grade
Zoomance: The Musical!
by Addison Cupo, Jude DeMaio, Annika LaRose, Alix Leinweber, Amari Lobo, Roxy McGuire, Aden Rodriguez, Melanie Lizeth Rodriguez, Quinn Tonini, and Savanna Vest
Booker Middle School (Sarasota County), Ms. Mills—6th and 7th Grade (Musical Theatre Class)
Submit Your Play!
For guidelines on how to submit your play to the 2022 Young Playwrights Festival playwriting competition, .
2021 Young Play Festival Highlights | WRITE A PLAY
Traditionally, the WRITE A PLAY experience culminates on Florida Studio Theatre’s five-theatre campus with Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) Day, an annual celebration of children’s imagination and creativity. Participating students, teachers, and families from across the state of Florida and from as far as Russia, Scotland, and Israel, come together to enjoy live performances of the year’s winning plays. Following these live performances, playwrights are honored in an awards ceremony and are presented with certificates and medals on stage.
This year, we are honoring two-years of playwrights on Saturday, June 5 in a special virtual Young Playwrights Award Ceremony. This online event is invite-only for winners, their teachers, and their families.
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
April 9, 2021 | SCENE MAGAZINE | FST Announces Winners of 30th Anniversary Playwriting Competition
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