Wednesday, March 12, 2014

2014 Young Playwrights Contest!

PlayGround, in association with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival (Rebecca J. Ennals, Artistic Director), has announced the topic for the 6th Annual Young Playwrights Contest: 

‘All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts…’
- from Shakespeare’s As You Like It

This same topic was given to PlayGround’s writers pool for the March 17 Monday Night PlayGround. We invite aspiring high school writers and theatre artists, currently enrolled in grades 9-12, to submit their own ten-minute plays inspired by this topic. The topic is intended as a jumping-off point and all forms of theatrical expression are encouraged. Submissions will be accepted until April 7th, 2014. Four plays will be selected as finalists and receive professionally staged readings concurrent with the 18th Best of PlayGround Festival in May. For complete guidelines, visit 

“Through the Young Playwrights Project, PlayGround and Bay Area high schools partner to enable young writers to find their own expressive voice through the creation, development, and production of short plays,” stated PlayGround Artistic Director Jim Kleinmann. This year marks the sixth year of the Bay Area-wide Young Playwrights Contest.  “This is a tremendous opportunity for creatively-inclined high school students to  experiment with writing for theatre in the ten minute theatre form. The finalists gain immeasurable confidence and accomplishment from seeing their works staged by Bay Area theatre professionals, alongside the adult professional playwrights at Best of PlayGround,” added PlayGround Education Coordinator Dylan Russell.

High school students from the Bay Area nine counties are invited to submit original short scripts inspired by the assigned topic by the deadline of Monday, April 7, 2014 deadline. The same topic was also assigned to PlayGround’s professional writers pool members for the March 17th round of Monday Night PlayGround in residence at Berkeley Rep.

Past Young Playwrights Project finalists include: Jake Rosenberg (Jewish Community High School of the Bay ’14), Alona Bach (Berkeley High ’11), and Hannah Sears (Urban School ’12).

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:     Monday, April 7th, 2pm 
TOPIC:                                        “All the world’s a stage…” (see guidelines for full quote) 
MORE INFO:                             Dylan Russell, Education Coordinator; 415.992.6677;;

PlayGround, the Bay Area’s leading playwright incubator, provides unique development opportunities for the Bay Area’s best new playwrights, including the monthly Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series, annual Best of PlayGround Festival, full-length play commissions and support for the production of new plays by local playwrights through the New Play Production Fund and, PlayGround’s newest initiative, the PlayGround Film Festival. To date, PlayGround has supported nearly 200 local playwrights in the development and staging of over 680 original short plays and 50 new full-length plays, including more than a dozen that have since premiered in the Bay Area. For more information, visit

For more information, visit  For more information on the Young Playwrights Project, visit


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