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 performed as staged readings by SU Drama students at the annual Young Playwrights Festival. Each year is free and open to the public.

New in 2019: Semifinalists will be announced at the Cold Read Festival of New Plays.

Now accepting entries. Click here for an entry form

Plays must be postmarked by February 12, 2019.

The Festival will be on May 7, 2019 at 7 PM. 



Bridget Fallon, Natalie Feikes, Kai Gesek, Katie McPeak, Jenna Peyer, Trey Romano, Anna Sasser, Ashton Sloan

"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

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


Kate Laissle
Associate Director of Education


Past Winners

2017 Winners

Nathaniel Archer, Kyle Hotaling, Mark Tallents, Molly Bankert, Shannon Birmingham, Greg Buckley, Anna Burnam, Scottie O’Bryan, Hadar Pepperstone, Noah Rigby, Emily Rivito  

Young Playwrights Festival 2016

2016 Winners

Theodore Brill, Sir Dennis II, Francesca Giardine, Breanna Neal, Michale Schueler, Garrett Sirotkin, Kayden Vigneux


2015 Winners

Lauren Guinnip, Teagan Todd, Kristina Bell, Ronni Merriweather, David Siegel, Sara Boyle, Alexandra Landry, Jordyn Werfelmann

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