Young Playwrights for Change



Yocum Institute will be a regional host of the Young Playwrights for Change Contest organized and run by Theatre for Young Audiences.

This year’s theme is Empathy in Action: Combating Bullying. We are looking for plays that contain a hopeful and honest message that combats bullying; scripts that deal with the problems and consequences of bullying, but also possible solutions or positive changes. Bullying is unwanted, repeated, aggressive behavior among school aged children. Both kids who bully and kids who get bullied believe that the one who bullies is more powerful.

Here are some really important guidelines and hints to keep in mind as you progress through your competition:

** All of these and more are available to download in the Rules & Guides section of the Young Playwrights for Change homepage.

  1. Plays must be written by a single author who is in grades 6 – 8.
  2. Plays may have up to six characters.

Submit your play to by January 15, 2017 and your play could be selected for the national contest! The winner will have their work published in an anthology. In addition, your work will be presented in a staged reading by professional actors and a director at TYA/USA’s One Theatre World (OTW) on May 4, 2017 at The Strand Theatre in San Francisco, California. The playwright and one (1) family member will have the opportunity to attend the event. Hotel and travel included; airfare from within the United States & Canada only.

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Article written by Samantha Clarke