Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Young Playwrights Festival

YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL SHOWCASE AND HONORABLE MENTION READINGS

january 10, 11, 12 and 13, 2019

Congratulations to all who entered, and join us in January 2019 for professional world premieres and readings!

YPF SHOWCASE

PINTA EL FUEGO by Markia Silverman Rodriguez, Pius XI Catholic High School

1-800-123-BOYDS by Jazmin Reyes, Ronald Reagan High School

THE DIVINE KOMEDY by Max Engel, Pius XI Catholic High School

HONORABLE MENTION READINGS

BURYING HAMLET by Jennie Babisch, Nicolet High School

HANDMADE OR GO HOME by Katerina Macheel, Pius XI Catholic High School

IS IT NOW, OR HAS IT EVER BEEN? by Ava Gessner, Ronald Reagan College



CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

NEEDED: ORIGINAL ONE-ACT PLAYS WRITTEN BY WISCONSIN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2019

Young Wisconsin writers!  Submit your new one-act play to MCT's Young Playwrights Festival Playwriting Competition!  We are accepting entries for the 2019 Competition at this time.

See submission guidelines and entry cover sheets for details, available for download below.

Submission Guidelines Entry Cover Sheet

Every year, MCT accepts original one-act play scripts for consideration for our biennial YPF Showcase featuring up-and-coming regional directors, designers, and actors.

Of the twenty finalists from 2019 and 2020, three playwrights will win a cash prize and the opportunity to participate in the production process as their plays are brought to life onstage in the 2020-2021 MCT Young Playwrights Festival Showcase.  Three additional playwrights will receive Honorable Mentions, a cash prize, and a staged reading during the Showcase week.

Contact Marcella Kearns, Associate Artistic Director at MCT, for further information: 414.276.8842 email Marcella

What is the Young Playwrights Festival?

The Young Playwrights Festival is Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's signature education program. This annual writing competition is designed to encourage high school students to explore themes and relationships from a uniquely adolescent perspective through the writing of a one-act play.  Ten pieces are designated Distinguished Plays every year.  The Distinguished Plays from two years running then enter into final competition for a slot in the YPF Showcase, a biennial event which features fully produced performances of three winning one-act plays in the Broadway Theatre Center's Studio Theatre and staged readings of three additional Honorable Mention winners.  College level designers and emerging professional directors are engaged to bring the scripts to life on stage with age-appropriate actors.

Who can enter?

Playwrights must be high school students during the academic school year that their one-act plays are submitted to the Festival. Submissions are taken until June 1, and winners are notified by early July of every program year.

Who benefits?

This program serves hundreds each season. Teachers may elect to participate in our YPF Playwriting Residency, which features a sequence of playwriting workshops for their students. High school students not only receive in-class instruction but one-on-one mentoring as they draft and revise their play. College students receive the opportunity to fulfill one of the design or technical positions required for our biennial showcase of YPF plays. Non-professional actors of ALL ages are encouraged to audition for one of the six Showcase or Honorable Mention plays, which are directed by emerging and established Milwaukee directors.

How to apply?

For more information about auditioning for roles, click here.

For more information about design and production positions, click here.

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