Young Playwrights Festival

Over the course of the 2016-2017 season, FST received plays written by over 3,600 young playwrights, aged 5-18. 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 as a full-scale, professional production. This season our Under Six production, titled The Dragon Vs. The Hiccups, will be presented to the public and in our WRITE A PLAY subscription.

Examples of 2016/2017 Winning Plays:

The Brave Knight by William Crouch
Laurel Nokomis School, Mrs. Wardlaw- 3rd Grade

Drip, Drop! by Chloe Johnson
Sarasota Christian School, Mrs. Spraker– 4th Grade

His Name Was Ahmed by Eyal Feldman
Nof Yaldoot Elementary School, Mrs. Idit Levent Levy– 6th Grade

A Recipe for Friendship by Viviana Serrano
Garden Elementary, Mrs. Kern– 3rd Grade

Forget Me by Sky Stahlmann
Generation Harvest School, Jenni Stahlmann- 12th Grade

My Twin Brother by Daniel Paz
Shelanu School, Bar Bracha Menashe- 6th Grade

Rush Hour by Olivia Liu
Pine View School, Mrs. Squires, M.Ed – 6th Grade

To see all the winning plays from 2017, click here.

Submissions for the 2017 Young Playwrights Festival are closed, but we are accepting Submissions for the 2018 Young Playwrights Festival.

Submission Guidelines & Cover Sheet

This year FST is proud to have award winning Director and Playwright Emily Mann attend the Young Playwrights Festival.

EMILY MANN Multi-award-winning Director and Playwright Emily Mann is in her 27th season as Artistic Director and Resident Playwright of the Tony Award winning McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey.  Her plays include: Having Our Say, adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth (Hull-Warriner Award, Peabody Award, Christopher Award; Tony awards, Outer Critics, Drama Desk award nominations); Execution of Justice (Bay Area Theatre Critics Award, Playwriting Award from the Women’s Committee of the Dramatists Guild, Burns Mantle Yearbook Best Play Citation, Drama Desk nomination); Still Life (six Obie Awards); Annulla, An Autobiography; Greensboro (A Requiem); an adaptation of I.B. Singer’s novel Meshugah; and Mrs. Packard (Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays).  Adaptations: Scenes from a Marriage (Drama League Award nomination), Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, A Seagull in the Hamptons, The House of Bernarda Alba, Baby Doll, and Antigone. Currently Ms. Mann is working on a new documentary play titled Hoodwinked and a play about Gloria Steinem, commissioned by Lincoln Center Theatre. She was awarded a Princeton University Honorary Doctorate of Arts; a 2015 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwrights' Award; and a 2015 Margo Jones Award given to a "citizen-of-the-theatre who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the encouragement of the living theatre everywhere”.

Through FST's partnership with the Chautauqua Institution we are proud to announce a winning playwright! Fletcher Third Grader Wins Young Playwrights Festival Award