CTM’s Young Playwrights program for high school students creates a public forum for youth voices through the medium of playwriting. The programs develop relationships between Dane County youth, professional theater artists, and educators. CTM has proudly run the Young Playwrights program since 2008. The program was established by Shannon Skelton at Madison Rep in 2006.

2022 Young Playwrights Festival

Thursday, May 5 @ 6:30pm
MYArts (Madison Youth Arts)
Suggested Donation: $5


LaFollette High School (Mike Jacoby)
Monona Grove for the 21st Century (Ian Lowe)
Shabazz High School (Colleen Kellogg)


Professional teaching artists work with students throughout the semester to develop characters, storyline, dramatic arc, and overall script refinement. By semester’s end, each student creates a ten-minute play unique to their own creative ideas. The Teaching Artist, Partnering Educator, and classmates provide feedback on the plays.


From the residencies, one to two plays are selected from each school for staged readings at the Young Playwrights Festival, where they are directed and acted by professional theater artists and youth actors in roles appropriate to their ages.


“For us, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be able to bring in a teaching artist to work on fostering the ability of students to express and share their ideas, experiences, and voices.”
– Rebecca Fox-Blair, Executive Director, Monona Grove Alternative School

“The idea that my artwork might be performed by actual actors gives me a sense of confidence, a sense of achievement.” – Student of the Young Playwrights Program

“The Young Playwrights Program has opened my mind to a new style of thinking and writing. All the time I have spent on this playwriting has better prepared me for college.” – Student of the Young Playwrights Program

“The Young Playwrights Program offered a refreshing break from normal English classes and allowed for creative thinking and self expression.” - Student of the Young Playwrights Program


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