Limited to students in the 6th - 8th grades
Hosted by The American Association of Theatre Education (AATE), Young Playwrights for Change is a national playwriting competition for students in 6th- 8th grades. Students write and submit a ten-minute play on the theme "No One is Alone". Each hosting organization will select and submit one script for this national competition.
Childsplay Academy is proud to be one of the hosting organizations, and we look forward to submitting a play that represents our community and the voices of young people. We are intentionally selecting students as adjudicators, and this group of peers will select Childsplay's entry for the competition.
To help students develop and write a ten-minute play, we're offering playwriting workshops with playwright and artistic director Dwayne Hartford. The four workshop sessions meet online from 6:30- 8:00pm beginning January 21st and conclude February 11th. However, participation in the workshop is not required to submit a script.
We are all interconnected, and our actions affect each other, even in isolation. What one person does may affect others in unexpected or unintended ways. Yet, in our loneliest hour, we still depend on each other for food, water, shelter, and more. To paraphrase the poem by John Donne, No one is an island. Have you ever felt alone in a crowd? Or accepted by strangers? What can make us reach across a barrier, group, or isolating situation to connect with someone? In what ways can creativity create bridges between the isolated or lonely?
Guidelines at a Glance:
To Submit a Play:
E-mail a digital copy of the script, which adheres to AATE guidelines and style guide, to Academy Director Katie Brantley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure that the student's name or other identifying information are not on the script itself. Please put Young Playwrights for Change in the subject line.
Entry Deadline: FEBRUARY 18th