Young Playwrights' Theater inspires young people to realize the power of their own voices.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Eligibility

Young Playwrights must:

  • Be no younger than 14 years old by September 5, 2021, and no older than 24 years old by May 4, 2022
  • Reside in Washington, DC, Maryland, or Virginia
  • Have access to technology to meet virtually through video conferencing

Early Career Playwrights must:

  • Have no more than two fully-produced original plays (staged, workshop readings or performances in academic settings are ok)
  • Reside in Washington, DC, Maryland, or Virginia
  • Have access to technology to meet virtually through video conferencing
  • Not be currently engaged in a similar process with another theatre company for the same script

Script Guidelines

Submitted scripts must:

  • Be a complete draft with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Unfinished scripts will not be accepted.
  • Include a title page with the playwright’s name (all other contact information should be omitted)
  • Follow a consistent writing format and have numbered pages and stage directions. YPT encourages playwrights to use the Dramatist Guild’s Modern Stageplay Format 
  • Be straight plays. No musicals or screenplays will be accepted.
  • Be in either PDF or Microsoft Word format
  • Be appropriate to be viewed by a high-school-aged audience

Submitted scripts must not:

  • Have had a full production (i.e. actors off-book, design elements, multiple performances, etc.)
  • Require more than 5 actors to be performed
  • Be adaptations of copyrighted work (i.e. existing TV shows or movies)
  • Be more than 75 minutes long
  • Include explicit sexual content or graphic violence

How to Apply

In addition to the program application, playwrights may submit one script for consideration for the 2021-22 Young Playwrights in Progress Program by Tuesday, May 4, 2021. YPT strongly encourages playwrights from systematically and historically oppressed communities (i.e. Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+, disabled, etc.) to submit. Playwrights will receive a small stipend for their participation.

The application deadline for YPIP 2021-22 is Tuesday, May 4, 2021. The application will be available soon.
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