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City Opera House COVID-19 Response

At this time, all upcoming City Opera House events are in the process of determining if events will be allowed to proceed, reschedule, or cancel under limited terms.

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Young Playwrights Festival

Educator and Mentor Resources

Michigan high school students are invited to submit a one-act play to a juried competition. Six original works, written by regional high school students, are selected. Finalists are assigned a professional theatre mentor who assists the playwright with revising their play. Each finalist receives a $100 award and sees their play produced and performed on the City Opera House stage. The Young Playwrights Festival culminates in a free community event. More details are available in the FAQs.

Young Playwrights Festival complements the ELA Common Core Standards and offers an alternate way for students to learn and grow.



Finalists are matched with professional theatre mentors who guide students through revisions via email and in person the weekend of the festival performance. YPF is a juried competition.

Past YPF mentors include:

Educator YPF Toolkit

Printed YPF brochures are available upon request at Brochures are 3 ½ x 8 ½ quad fold. Please note quantity and mailing address in email.

Questions? Email or call Diane Baribeau at 231.941.8082.

Young Playwrights Festival is presented by City Opera House in collaboration with Wharton Center Institute for Arts & Creativity.

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