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The Playwrighting Festival for Young Writers Showcase 2023


Deadline: December 31, 2022

Submissions Open September 1st for Our 2nd Biennial Playwrighting Festival for Young Writers!
Send Your Submission by Dec. 31, 2022

Beginning in 2011, the New Play-Reading Festival is an integral part of our Creative Arts Academy. Because of this unique program, students, families, playwrights and artists experience the collaborative, educational process of bringing a new theatrical work from page to stage. 

While we received a total of only 6 submissions in its first year, the Growing Stage now receives over 150 new works annually from playwrights throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Subsequently, an ongoing effort for our company is to provide young people the platform to express themselves artistically and to share their voices. Therefore, we’re excited to present our 2nd Biennial Playwriting Festival for Young Writers.

Open to grades 4th Open to grades 4th through high school, we’ve structured the festival to provide a unique opportunity for the emerging artist in a meaningful and respectful manner. Additionally, a member of our professional artistic team will review each submission and will provide constructive critique.


Submit a synopsis and scene from an original piece you have written or are currently developing.

We encourage new works and a fresh perspective for any adaptations. Please note that if it is an adaptation the piece must be in public domain.

From our initial submissions, we will choose a select number to move forward for Phase 2. Each playwright will be notified.

PHASE 2: Full Play Submission

If your piece is selected for PHASE 2, we will ask that you submit your full piece. We accept submissions either through the mail or email.

A designated panel of TGS artists will review each submission and select a total of four finalists for the final stage of development.

We will announce our finalists. (Date TBA)

PHASE 3: Mentorship & Festival

A professional playwright/mentor is assigned to each of the four finalists will be assigned to a  to assist and help you continue to develop your play leading up to the festival.

A director and actors are assigned to each piece for our Young Writers Showcase presenting our 4 finalists in Spring 2023.

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