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Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Accepting Scripts For 2022 Young Playwrights Festival

The Festival concludes with a script-in-hand public reading of the students' work on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Accepting Scripts For 2022 Young Playwrights Festival

The recipient of two Tony Awards and National Medal of Arts, the O'Neill is a world-renowned developer of new work and new artists for the American theater. Employing the signature "O'Neill process," the festival provides local middle and high school students professional-level support to develop their original one-act plays.

Young Playwrights will spend a weekend at the O'Neill with a dedicated creative team - director, dramaturg, and actors - comprised of National Theater Institute alumni helping them stage their plays. The development process draws on principles and techniques used during the O'Neill's renowned National Playwrights Conference. Students will hone their work, furthering it from the initial isolation of writing to the collaborative process involved in making their script into a living, breathing play.

Selected students can expect a rigorous exploration of their work, assistance from professional artists, full rehearsals with an artistic team, and opportunities to revise their play. The Festival concludes with a script-in-hand public reading of the students' work on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

"In looking back at the output of the Young Playwrights Festival over the past sixteen years, I am proud of what has been accomplished and pleased to have made a difference in the lives of so many young people," says the O'Neill's Director of Education Sophia Chapadjiev, "The last couple years, in particular, have been challenging ones and all the more reason for us at the O'Neill to give a platform to young people to share their creativity, their stories, and their voices. We very much look forward to receiving and reading their work."

Plays will be selected on a competitive basis. Students are eligible if they:

  • are between the ages of 12-18

  • have written an original 10-15 page play

  • live in the United States

To apply or for more information about the Young Playwrights Festival, visit theoneill.org/ypf or contact Sophia Chapadjiev, Director of Education & Young Playwrights Conference, at sophia@theoneill.org.

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Accepting Scripts For 2022 Young Playwrights Festival


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