CTM joined this national-level middle school residency program of American Alliance for Theatre & Education & Theatre for Young Audiences/USA in 2015. CLICK HERE to learn more about this program!

Between September and November, middle school students participate in a day-long workshop to learn basic playwriting techniques, write a 10-minute play based on a theme, and receive teachers’ feedback on their scripts. One script will be selected to represent CTM at the national-level competition as well as for a staged reading at the Young Playwrights Festival on in late April/early May. Students from all participating schools are invited to attend the daytime festival; the evening festival is open to the public.

 TIMELINE

All plays must be submitted to CTM by January 1. CTM will select one script/playwright by February 1. The script must be submitted to the national competition by March 1.

2021-22 NATIONAL THEME

COMING SOON!

CTM's NATIONAL RUNNER UP from 2021!

In 2021, Leela Benson of Glacier Creek Middle School was named a runner up in the National Young Playwrights for Change competition. Her play "Wait for Me" looks at a friendship interrupted by the pandemic and personifies/creates characters for the emotions Anger, Hopelessness, and Patience. Congrats, Leela!

CTM's NATIONAL RUNNER UP from 2020!


In 2020, Emily Ge of Jefferson Middle School was named the runner up in the National Young Playwrights for Change competition. Her play "Shared Ignorance" was performed at 2020 AATE National Conference (as well as at CTM's Young Playwrights Festival). Congrats, Emily!

Watch Emily's Play from the 2020 Virtual Conference & read an interview!

CTM's NATIONAL WINNER from 2018!


In 2018, Taylor Nordeng of Kromrey Middle School won the National Young Playwrights for Change competition. Her play Uprooted was performed at the AATE National Conference in Minneapolis, MN (as well as at CTM's Young Playwrights Festival). We are so proud of you, Taylor!
Watch Taylor's play being performed at the AATE Conference!
Read our feature in the Wisconsin State Journal!
Watch an interview with Taylor Nordeng at the AATE conference!


MEASURABLE GOALS AND OUTCOMES

  1. Engage middle school students from diverse populations and explore the stories of youth from varied backgrounds and abilities; increase students’ knowledge of playwriting and support all students as they write a 10‐minute play.
  2. Provide a public forum for youth voices through playwriting, and a public celebration of original student works in a world‐class performance venue. Increase students' confidence presenting their creative work to peers.
  3. Provide mentorship and foster growth of students' self‐expression; cultivate students' perception of writing as a valuable life skill.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

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