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Young Playwrights Festival

We invite all Michigan high school students to submit a one-act play to our annual juried competition. Six original works, written by high school students, will be chosen to be produced by students and performed on the stage of the City Opera House.

City Opera House, Old Town Playhouse, National Writers Series and the MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity are happy to announce the 5th Annual Young Playwrights Festival. The Young Playwrights Festival is a showcase of six original works, written by high school students, produced by students and performed at the City Opera House.

Michigan high school students are invited to submit a one-act play to a juried competition. Twelve semifinalists are chosen, and from those 12 the jury will select the six finalists whose plays will be produced. The six finalists will each be assigned a professional theatre mentor who will assist the playwright with revising their play. Each finalist will receive a $100 award and a staged production of their play performed by Traverse City-area actors.

Festival Schedule

Students Information Packet & Application (PDF)

Documents included in the Student Information Packet are:


To be eligible, each participant must:

All plays must:

All required forms and sample script format are available in the Student Information Packet.

All entries must be postmarked by Monday, December 7, 2015.

For more information and to mail application and scripts contact:
Young Playwrights Festival Attn: Minda Nyquist
c/o Old Town Playhouse 148 E. Eighth St.
Traverse City, MI 49684

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