2011 is the 28th Annual Event
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For 28 years, the New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest has been deepening the writing experience for young writers by providing detailed feedback from theatre professionals about students’ plays. For the 6th year in a row, winning plays will be presented during the New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival, a partnership between Playwrights Theatre and Premiere Stages at Kean University.

Through a series of rounds, a team of readers may select plays from each division to be honored as statewide winners. These plays will receive a staged-reading performance by professional actors during the Festival, May 23 & 24, 2011, at Kean University. This is certain to be a must-see event!

For information about the Contest, please contact Jim DeVivo, Director of Education at Playwrights Theatre, (973) 514-1787, ext. 14 or [email protected]

Plays are accepted in the following Divisions:

Elementary (Grades 4-6)
Junior High (Grades 7-9)
High School (Grades 10-12)
Rewrites (Grades 10-12)
Podstages (Grades 10-12)

There may be up to three winners in the Elementary, Junior High, and High School divisions; and one winner in the Rewrites and Podstages divisions. Winners in the divisions open to grades 10-12 receive a New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education, cosponsored by the NJ Arts Education Partnership and the New Jersey Department of Education. Winning playwrights who individually write their play (i.e. without a co-author) may be eligible to receive a scholarship to attend Camp Premiere, the summer theatre program at Premiere Stages.

All winning playwrights receive Certificates of Achievement. A statewide press release will publicize these student awards.

The New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival is a project of Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey. Funding is provided by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.

® New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival and New Jersey Young Playwrights Program are registered to the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission.