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.
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.
2020 VIRTUAL YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
CLICK HERE to see the full 2020 Virtual Festival!
2020-21 NATIONAL THEME
No One Is Alone
We are all interconnected and our actions affect each other, even in isolation. What one person does may affect others in unexpected or unintended ways. Yet, in our loneliest hour we still depend on each other for food, water, shelter, and more. To paraphrase the poem by John Donne, No one is an island. Have you ever felt alone in a crowd? Or accepted by strangers? What can make us reach across a barrier, group, or isolating situation to connect with someone? In what ways can creativity create bridges between the isolated or lonely?
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!
Read our feature in the Wisconsin State Journal!
Watch an interview with Taylor Nordeng at the AATE conference!
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