Every March, the Young Playwrights Festival showcases some of the best of the Young Playwrights Program (YPP), allowing select students to see their playwriting work come to life with the help of a professional artistic team. Starting in December, a panel of professional artists reads all the student plays created during the Young Playwrights Program. After evaluating each play on its merits, we select eight outstanding plays to feature in professionally staged readings at ACT in the annual Young Playwrights Festival.
Once selected, the student playwrights work diligently to craft their plays further to make them ready for the stage in March. To prepare for the staged readings, each student playwright is partnered with a professional director, dramaturg, stage manager, and actors, and participates in nearly 20 hours of rehearsal with his or her creative team. Each play is performed twice during the three-day festival.
"Seeing my play onstage at ACT!!! It was like being able to fly for a few minutes. After it's over, you walk around like you are dancing on the moon."
–Zoe Baker-Aderem, 2009 YPF participant