Marin Young Playwrights Festival
High school students write and submit ten-minute plays.
Eight finalists perform at Marin Theatre Company on January 19, 2014.
One winning script receives a staged reading with professional actors.
Now accepting submissions. Click here to submit
Submission Deadline: 5pm Friday, November 22, 2013
If you have any questions, please contact the education staff, 415.388.5200 x3310.
The Marin Young Playwrights Festival celebrates the work of teen playwrights and encourages a focus on playwriting in Bay Area high schools. Eight finalist plays will be performed by teens in an event at Marin Theatre Company. The play selected as the MYPF winner will receive a staged reading with professional actors, open to the public at MTC on April 11, 2014.
Plays must be five to ten minutes long in any genre: comedy, drama, etc. Plays must be possible to perform with no more than four actors (fewer than four actors is also acceptable), with no design requirements beyond a few chairs or stools, a small table, and simple hand props. Playwrights must be enrolled in high school in the 2013-14 school year. New this year, one out of the eight finalists will come from a candidate outside of Marin and Sonoma Counties. Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year. Musicals, translations, and adaptations are not eligible. Collaborations are welcome as long as all participating playwrights are eligible under these rules. Plays must not have received a production prior to submission.
There is no fee to submit. Electronic submissions are accepted in Word or PDF format only and can be uploaded here; please do not mail. Applicants must fill out the online form and upload their script before submitting.
Script submissions must follow standard stage play formatting. Please use one inch margins, 12-point font and make sure your script is no more than 10 pages long.
The submission deadline is 5pm on Friday, November 22, 2013. Please, no phone inquiries.
All submissions will be read by members of MTC's Teen Apprentice Program (TAP). Any TAP members who submit plays will not participate in the selection process. The TAP Company will select eight finalists. No more than two finalists will be accepted from any one high school and one finalist will be accepted from outside of Marin and Sonoma Counties. Finalists will be announced on Monday, December 16, 2013. ALL FINALIST PLAYWRIGHTS MUST ATTEND a meeting from 4-5:30p on Thursday, December 19. All playwrights who submit plays should keep this date and time free. Failure to attend may result in losing a spot as a finalist.
Please note that seven of the finalist submissions will be selected from current high school students in Marin and Sonoma Counties. One finalist will be selected from students enrolled in a Bay Area High School outside of Marin and Sonoma Counties.
2014 Marin Young Playwrights Festival
The eight finalists will be performed at MTC in the Marin Young Playwrights Festival at 6pm on Sunday, January 19, 2013. MTC will work with drama teachers from the schools with finalists to provide the playwright with a director. MTC will provide rehearsal space and an opportunity to attend auditions to cast their shows. Playwrights are of course welcome to cast from their school and are responsible for ensuring that their show is fully cast. The performance of each script must be 10 minutes long or less. Simple props and costumes are allowed. Simple generic furniture will be provided; no other set pieces are permitted. Actors must perform with scripts in hand, even if they have memorized their lines. This event will be open to the public. Members of MTC's Artistic Staff will serve as judges, and will select one winning script.
Staged Reading of Winning Script
The winning script will be presented as a staged reading with professional actors and a professional director at MTC during the run of August Wilson’s Fences on April 11.
2013 Marin Young Playwrights Festival
Fruit Madness, a ten-minute play written by Anna Feiner, Sarah Jo Millar and Jack Jenkins of Sir Francis Drake High School, won the 4th annual Marin Young Playwrights Festival on Sunday, March 10, at Marin Theatre Company.
The event was SOLD OUT – thank you for coming!
Each year, the festival presents eight ten-minute plays written, directed and performed by Marin County teens in staged readings. These eight plays were chosen as finalists for the festival by MTC's Teen Advisory Board from over 50 submissions. MTC’s Artistic Staff serve as judges and select one winning script, which receives a staged reading with professional actors and a professional director at MTC in conjunction with the company’s New Works Series.
2013 MYPF finalist plays:
in festival performance order
- Fruit Madness by Anna Feiner, Sarah Jo Millar and Jack Jenkins, Sir Francis Drake High School
- Tom’s Umbrella by Madelaine Bixler, Elsie Allen High School
- Terminal Illness by Jack Foley, Terra Linda High School
- Devoid of Love & Grace by Abby Bordin, Tamalpais High School
- To Be a Great Man by Rachel Zilberg, San Domenico School
- Play Pretend by Jane Reagan, Terra Linda High School
- Hope by Tessa King, Tamalpais High School
- The Big Ass Russian Novel by Jake Rosenberg, Jewish Community High School
MTC's Teen Advisory Board chose the finalists from over 50 plays submitted by Marin high school students for the festival. The six-week process was blinded (the readers did not know the playwright's name or school). Teen Board members who submitted plays did not participate in the selection process.