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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Theater for Young Audiences at 92nd Street Y


Deadline: April 1, 2022
Will be reviewed on a rolling basis


Theater for Young Audiences at 92nd Street Y (92Y.org/MusicalTheater) is seeking to commission playwrights for a new series specifically designed to introduce 6-10 year olds to the exciting world of Shakespeare.

Theater for Young Audiences at 92nd Street Y is a series of performances and discussions centering children as the audience. Our shows are stimulating and compelling, using storytelling as a vehicle for building empathy, and learning essential life lessons. Our shows gather around movement as a shared language, a way to meet each other through the most universally shared experience: moving. Audience participation and a crafted handmade design remind children that they are essential creators in the story.

The commission requires writing a 40-minute performance piece for children and their families envisioning movement as an essential storytelling component in the play. Pieces should contain music as a theatrical element- both Musicals and Plays with Music are eligible.
  • Piece should be an age-appropriate adaptation of a Shakespearian play. You do not have to use original language and can take some liberties with the context (“a play about Shakespeare writing As You Like It…”)
  • Piece will be performed in our 2022-2023 season by professional performers (over 18+), Cast/Director/Choreographer/Production provided by 92Y.
  • Must be ready for pre-production in June 2022
  • Creators retain all rights to their material, but allow 92Y an exclusive option to produce the show with royalty payments negotiated each season.
Plays you can choose from are:
  • All’s Well that Ends Well
  • As You Like It
  • The Comedy of Errors
  • Measure for Measure
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • The Winter’s Tale 


The creative team will receive a minimum stipend of $2500 with increases based on experience, attendance of rehearsals or performances, participation in community engagement programs. 

To apply, please send: 
  • A proposal for your play/musical of no more than 1000 words, including your basic premise as well as how it will incorporate the required elements of movement where movement is the vital element, and the story is told primarily through movement (as directed by the script). 
  • A ten-page sample of your writing, preferably something that has been intended for a youth/family market. If you are proposing a musical please also include a demo recording of a previous TYA collaboration. 
  • Your bio or resume 
  • A statement as to why you think you are a good fit for this project 
  • A description of your proposed timeline, participation and fees 

Send materials to Attn: Megan Doyle, Artistic Director, Mdoyle@92y.org (PDF and links preferred- please do not attach large files) or 92Y Musical Theater Attn: Megan Doyle, 1395 Lexington Avenue, NY, NY 10128

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