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6th annual

Young Playwrights Festival

Six original works, written by high school students, will be chosen to be produced by students and performed on the stage of City Opera House.

City Opera House, National Writers Series and the MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity are happy to announce the 21st Annual Young Playwrights Festival. The Young Playwrights Festival is a showcase of six original works, written by high school students, produced and performed at City Opera House.

Michigan high school students are invited to submit a one-act play to a juried competition. Twelve semifinalists are chosen, and from those 12 the jury will select the six finalists whose plays will be produced. The six finalists will each be assigned a professional theatre mentor who will assist the playwright with revising their play. Each finalist will receive a $100 award and a staged production of their play performed by Traverse City-area actors.

Festival Schedule

Students Information Packet & Application (PDF)

All required forms and a sample script are available in the Student Information Packet.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

All entries must be electronically submitted to by Monday, December 5, 2016.

Failure to meet any of the rules or guidelines will be grounds for disqualification from the festival. Judges’ decisions are final. Awards are not transferable.


To be eligible, each participant must:

Scripts must be in Microsoft Word format with:

All plays must:

Professional Mentors

Finalists will work with professional theatre mentors to revise their plays before they are rehearsed.

Mentors are subject to change

For more information please call:
Diana Baribeau
Executive Director, City Opera House
231.941.8082 x 202

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