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Meet our new Development Manager, Linnea Searle!

Linnea Searle is thrilled to be joining Playwrights Project. She comes to us with a background in marketing, public relations and development, having served for several years as the Marketing and Development Manager of the Carlsbad Music Festival. Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, she spent several years as a Marketing Manager at Nestle USA in Glendale and has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Linnea is excited to be using her experience and training to help build on all the wonderful contributions of her predecessor, Laurel Withers, who retired this Spring after dedicating 20+ years to Playwrights Project. We are overjoyed to welcome Linnea to the Playwrights Project family!
California Young Playwrights Contest 2016 
Previous California Young Playwrights Contest winners outside of The Old Globe's Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre

Thank you to the California residents under the age of 19 who submitted scripts for the 2016 California Young Playwrights Contest. Our volunteer readers are working diligently to read and thoroughly review each script. Entrants have the option to receive detailed feedback on their submission, which we are in the process of carefully crafting. This year, we received 385 scripts from a total of 404 writers. Winners will work with a professional team to revise and enhance their writing, which will culminate in a professional production in The Old Globe's Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre in January 2017. Keep up the great work, young writers! 
Twainfest 2016
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Victor Contreras at a past Twainfest.
Playwrights Project was honored to partner with the Descendants of Early San Diego, Write Out Loud and the organizers of Twainfest to aid in the selection of historical monologues to be performed at Twainfest. These monologues will be performed multiple times throughout the day, beginning in the Estudillo building at 11:30 AM. For more information on Twainfest,  please click here.

Next year's writing contest deadlines will be announced this fall.  Submissions must be historically accurate and depict a person who actually lived in San Diego during the period celebrated by Old Town San Diego.  The piece should be from three to ten minutes in reading length and capture a sense of the 1800's: be it lifestyle, events of the day, toys, tools, foods, etc. in a manner that is interesting and entertaining.  
Plays by Young Writers Alumni in the news
Mariah MacCarthy
Baby Mama: One Woman's Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People by Mariah MacCarthy was featured in the recent San Diego Fringe Festival. Mariah was a winner of our 2005 California Young Playwrights Contest and her play A Man of His Word was presented at The Old Globe in our 2006 Plays by Young Writers festival. 

Baby Mama 
candidly chronicles MacCarthy's own experiences with an unexpected pregnancy in 2013, which led to placing her son for adoption with a gay couple. 

To read more about Mariah, Baby Mama and the San Diego Fringe Festival, please click here

Semicolon Theatre Company will proudly present the World Premiere of Zoe Kamil's
Zoe Kamil on Opening Night of Plays by Young Writers
 #BLESSED, directed by Miranda Cornell as part of the 20th Annual New York International Fringe Festival. Zoe was a winner of our 2013 California Young Playwrights Contest and her play Nine Hours was presented at The Old Globe in our 2014 Plays by Young Writers festival. 

 For more information on #BLESSED, please click here. 
Many thanks to our friends and supporters!

Playwrights Project is grateful to have received funding from The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Their contribution will support our SEEDS (Stimulating Educational Excellence through Drama Standards) program which guides students in underserved communities to write original one act plays, igniting a love of theatre and advancing literacy and communication skills. The program culminates in a reading of students' work by professional actors. The NEA's contribution will also sponsor students' admission to the Plays by Young Writers festival. 

Playwrights Project is also thankful to receive funds from The California Arts Council's Artists in Schools program and Jumpt StArts Initiative, which also bring playwriting programs and live theatre performance to youth in San Diego.  
Programs like this would not be able to flourish without the continued support from these admirable organizations. Thank you so very much! Please click here or here for information concerning grantees of the National Endowment for the Arts, and more information about this year's California Arts Council grant is available here.

Our Sponsors
Anonymous, Balboa Park Kiwanis Foundation, City of Carlsbad's Cultural Arts Office, Current Wisdom Foundation, City of Encinitas and Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program, Community Service Association, San Diego Unified School District, Michael Ehrenfeld Insurance Company, The Samuel I. & John Henry Fox Foundation, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Gold Diggers, Kinder Morgan, Kiwanis Club of La Jolla, Kiwanis Club of Old San Diego, The Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky Family Fund, Macy's, Mira Mesa Self Storage, Nordson Corporation Foundation, The Parker Foundation, The Arthur and Jeanette Pratt Memorial Fund, Allison and Robert Price Family Foundation Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, San Diego County Board of Supervisors Community Enhancement Program, The Creative Catalyst Fund of The San Diego Foundation, Sempra Energy Foundation, Torrey Pines Bank, Patricia and Christopher Weil Family Foundation, Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust, Gary & Mary West Foundation

Playwrights Project advances literacy, creativity and communication by empowering individuals  

to voice their stories through playwriting programs and theatre productions.  


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