Young Playwrights Festival 

Each Spring, Syracuse Stage invites Central New York high school students to write original ten-minute plays and other performance pieces for entry into our annual Young Playwrights Festival contest. Our panel of theatrical and literary professionals evaluate each student’s play. Semifinalists are invited to a writing workshop at Syracuse Stage where their plays will be read and critiqued. Finalists will see their plays performance as staged readings by SU Drama students at the annual Young Playwrights Festival. Each year is free and open to the public.
 

The Young Playwrights Festival will take place at Syracuse Stage on APRIL 24th starting at 7 P.M. with a reception to follow.

 
Entry Packet downloadable here:
 
Mail plays to:
Kate Laissle
Assistant Director of Education
820 E. Genesee St.
Syracuse, NY 13210
 
 

"I just wanted to thank you so much for selecting my play, Winners and Losers to be read tonight at Syracuse Stage. It was an incredible experience. The actors were phenomenal, and seeing the whole thing come together was something that I'll never forget. I know a lot of work went into it on your end, and I'd like you to know that I'm truly grateful". - Matthew Preston, Senior, Christian Brothers Academy

Young Playwrights Festival 2016 Winners & Performance

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, seven ten-minute plays written by our young playwright winners were performed by SU Drama Students in the Archbold Theatre followed by a reception to honor our playwrights. Each year this event is free and open to the public.

Young Playwrights Festival 2016

2016 Winners: "Not a Wasted Word"

Theodore Brill, Auburn High School, 11th grade, The Burrito Shop

Sir Dennis II, Christian Brothers Academy, 12th grade, The Effects

Francesca Giardine, Nottingham High School, 12th grade, Leaves of Sass

Breanna Neal, Liverpool High School, 11th grade, Blank or Black

Michale Schueler, Jamesville-Dewitt High School, 10th grade, Flight

Garrett Sirotkin, Liverpool High School, 10th grade, My Son

Kayden Vigneux, Liverpool High School, 11th grade, Buttons

 

Past Participants

Tell us what you're doing - college, major, recent writings? We'd love to hear from you! Contact Kate Laissle at 315-442-7755 or KateLaissle@syracusestage.org

Contact

Kate Laissle
Assistant Director of Education
315-442-7755
KateLaissle@syracusestage.org

 


Past Winners

2015 Winners: "The Right to Write"

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Lauren Guinnip, Auburn High School, 12th grade, Dinner for Two

Teagan Todd, Marcellus Senior High School, 11th grade, Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

Kristina Bell, Jamesville-Dewitt High School, 10th grade, Meeting His Parents

Ronni Merriweather, Jamesville-Dewitt High School, 10th grade, 4:00 A.M.

David Siegel, Christian Brothers Academy, 12th grade, Memory Wipe

Sara Boyle, Christian Brothers Academy, 12th grade, The Hanging Lamp

Alexandra Landry, Liverpool High School, 10th grade, Everything to Lose

Jordyn Werfelmann, Liverpool High School, 10th grade, A World Unknown

2014 Winners: "Risk it All, Write it All"

Hannah Mekeel, Cortland Junior-Senior High School, Cafeteria Confessions: A Rapsical in One Act

Aliyah Maccrindle, Jamesville-Dewitt High School, Demons and Desperation 

Joe Rupprecht, Christian Brothers Academy, Mr. & Mrs. Burlow

Janay Lemon, Christian Brothers Academy, Coming Out

Robert Boehlert, Christian Brothers Academy, Circles

Anna Do, Christian Brothers Academy, Numbers

Sophie Leavitt, Jamesville-Dewitt High School, Alice

Patrick McCarthy, Nottingham High School, Senior Prank

2013 Winners

Ryan Barbour, Cicero North Syracuse, 12th grade, Boxes

Amanda Bottorff, Cicero North Syracuse, 11th grade, Predictable

Kyra Hill, Auburn, 10th grade, Runaway

Matt Preston, Christian Brothers Academy, 12th grade, Winners and Losers

Gabriella Simiele,  Jamesville-DeWitt, 10th grade, Real Monsters

Sabrina Ann Sweet, Cicero North Syracuse, 12th grade, Sunny Side Up

Courtney Vaughn, Jamesville-DeWitt, 12th grade, Dinner Time

Ashley Woodcock, Camden, 12th grade, Stumbling Lips Over Language & Snippets

2012 Winners

Brian Kelner, Jamesville-Dewitt High School, 12th grade, Thou Shall Not Spray Tan

Emily Doherty, Christian Brothers Academy, 12th grade, Autumn Leaves

Travis Dittrich, Camden High School, 12th grade, From Lost Connections

Dori Bergman, Jamesville-Dewitt High School, 12th grade, The Poetic Routine

Paige Gordon, Christian Brothers Academy, 12th grade, Purgatory

Morgan Pflug, Auburn High School, 12th grade, Three Halves of a Whole

Kathleen Kennedy, Nottingham High School, 12th grade, Photosynthesis

Brianna Suslovic, Jamesville-Dewitt High School, 12th grade, Waiting Room

2011 Winners

Kaitlyn Murphy, Jamesville-Dewitt High School, 12 grade, Agony of De Feet

Nate Goebel, Christian Brothers Academy, 12th grade, As Good As Dead

Erica Fedigan, Auburn High School, 11th grade, The Character Channel

Megan Grosholz, Marcellus High School, 12th grade, The Dog Kept Sleeping

Anthony Carno, Christian Brothers Academy, 12th grade, For Honor

Morgan Pflug, Auburn High School, 11th grade, Love and Sick

Kathleen Kennedy, Nottingham High School, 11th grade, Newlymets

Joseph M. Hall, Jamesville-Dewitt High School, 12th grade, Noodles

2010 Winners

J.J. Davis, Jamesville-Dewitt High School, Adventures in Miscommunication

Amanda Haskell, Christian Brothers Academy, The Communication Revelation

Drew Jackson, Fayetteville-Manlius High School, An Interesting Meeting, or AIM

Annie Jaffe, Nottingham High School, Awkward

Amanda Marci, Christian Brothers Academy, A Childhood Guarantee

Ray McAndrew, Nottingham High School, Bread Crumbs

Gabrielle Petrosino, Auburn High School, Crimes of Innocence

Julia Quigley, Christian Brothers Academy, Beyond the Grave

Tom Voorheis, Christian Brothers Academy, The Cure

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