Wednesday, April 05, 2017

2017 Young Playwrights Contest Guidelines

PlayGround has announced the topic for the 9th Annual Young Playwrights Contest: “WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT…” drawn from the U.S. Declaration of Independence. 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 May 1st, 2017. Four plays will be selected as finalists and receive professionally staged readings concurrent with the 21st Best of PlayGround Festival in May at PlayGround’s newly-renovated San Francisco home, Potrero Stage. For complete guidelines, visit  

Rinabeth Apostol and Nican Robinson
in Best of PlayGround 21
“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 eighth year of the Bay Area-wide Young Playwrights Contest. The Young Playwrights Contest represents 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.
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, May 1, 2017 deadline.

Past Young Playwrights Project finalists include: Camilla Dwyer (SOTA ’17), Rocko Bauman (Berkeley High ’15), Neil Binnie (Miramonte High School ’17), Jake Rosenberg (Jewish Community High School of the Bay ’14), and Christine Lim (SOTA ’15), and Alona Bach (Berkeley High ’11).

SUBJECT: Young Playwrights Project Contest
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, May 1st, 2pm
MORE INFO: Jim Kleinmann, Artistic Director; 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 more than 200 local playwrights in the development and staging of over 850 original short plays and 71 new full-length plays, including more than eighteen that have since premiered in the Bay Area. For more information, visit  For more information on the Young Playwrights Project, visit