Your voice. Your topic. Your play.
City Opera House invites regional high school students to submit an original one-act play—just 9-12 pages with 4 characters or less—to the 8th Annual Young Playwrights Festival. Finalists are paired with national theater mentors, win $100 and see their play performed on the City Opera House stage.
Script entry deadline: Friday, December 13, 2019
Semifinalists and finalists announced: February 2020
YPF Festival: April 19, 2020 (for finalists)
- You get picked as one of six finalists
- Your story gets told
- Your play is produced
- Your work is performed at City Opera House
- You get your own national theater mentor
- $100 in your pocket
- You get your first work performed before you graduate
One-act plays are only nine to twelve pages of script with lines and spaces for each character and you only have time for one significant event. Start writing.
- Entry form
- How to write a one act play and sample script
- Young Playwrights Festival Trailer
Educators and mentors play a vital role in Young Playwrights Festival. Educators and mentors play a key role in the success of the program. Whether you hand pick students with a passion for writing or incorporate Young Playwrights Festival into the classroom curriculum or program we welcome your support.
Young Playwrights Festival is sponsored by MSU Federal Credit Union with additional support from National Writers Series, Old Town Playhouse.