Camps & Classes

Young Playwrights for Change 2023

Free 4-Week Workshop - Applications Due January 9th

Multi-Week Class, Half-Day

Limited to students in the 6th - 12th grades

1/23/2023 - 2/13/2023

Location: Online

Price: Free

This is a free workshop that takes place online and meets four times. At the end of the workshop, students will have written a ten minute play. These plays will have a free staged reading put together by our teen theatre company: YETi. 

We can only select 5 students to participate in the workshop.




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 based on a theme. 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 4:30- 6:00pm beginning January 23rd and conclude February 11th. However, participation in the workshop is not required to submit a script. 


  • January 23rd - Online Playwrighting Workshop at Childsplay begins
  • February 16th - Play submitted to Childsplay for Adjudication
  • February 23rd - Childsplay adjudication results announced
  • March 1st - Childsplay's selection submitted to AATE- Each entry submitted by host organizations will receive feedback from AATE and an opportunity for revision before final adjudication.
  • May 5th - AATE announces the winning play


2023 Theme: What No One Talks About


What gives you the strength to get back up again? When discouraged or exhausted, why do you keep trying? Keep helping? Keep persisting? Keep believing? Hope is one of the key ingredients of resiliency, but is hope a feeling? An attitude? Or is hope an action? What does hope look like?


Guidelines at a Glance:

  1. Playwrights must be currently in the 6th - 12th grade. 
  2. Playwrights must have permission from parent or guardian to enter.
  3. Plays must be original work and not an adaptation of a previous work
  4. Plays must incorporate the theme What No One Talks About
  5. Plays may be no longer than ten-minutes when read aloud. 
  6. Plays may have up to but no more than six characters. 
  7. Plays man not be co-authored


Full Contest Guidelines from AATE




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