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.
- Script Entry Deadline: December 5, 2016
- Semifinalists & and Finalists Announced: January/February 2017
- Reheasal: Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11:30am
- Free Public Performance: Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 2pm
All required forms and a sample script are available in the Student Information Packet.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
- Festival Highlights
- Script Submission Rules
- Sample Script Format
- Application Form – REQUIRED
- Description Page – REQUIRED
All entries must be electronically submitted to YPF@cityoperahouse.org 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.
HOW TO ENTER
To be eligible, each participant must:
- Be a Michigan high school student in grades 9 – 12.
- Be sponsored by a teacher willing to serve as the liaison between City Opera House, the school, and the student applicant.
- Submit an application form with script. Parent, sponsoring teacher and student signatures are required.
- Willing to work with an assigned professional theatre mentor to revise their play; writers who cannot commit to revising their plays will have their eligibility revoked.
Scripts must be in Microsoft Word format with:
- All pages numbered.
- Separated different characters’ dialogue by one blank line.
- No student names on the scripts as they are sent to judges anonymously.
All plays must:
- Be original works.
- Have no more than four characters.
- Require only simple props, costumes, settings, and effects.
- Have a maximum length of 12 pages.
Finalists will work with professional theatre mentors to revise their plays before they are rehearsed.
- Melissa Cooper
New York City-based Playwright
- Amanda Ewing
Director and Dramaturge
- Michael Haney
- Emily Kohring
Director and Dramaturge
- Joni Starr
Director and Educator, Michigan State University
- Jeremy Winchester
Executive and Artistic Director, Flint Theatre for Youth
Mentors are subject to change
For more information please call:
Executive Director, City Opera House
231.941.8082 x 202