"Thanks for giving me the confidence to write about my life." 
-High School student

Our student writers are putting the finishing touches on their plays, and professional actors are gearing up for performances at schools across the county!  Playwrights Project brought playwriting programs to over 100 classrooms this past year. Almost 300 scripts have been submitted to our California Young Playwrights Contest, as student writers vie for an opportunity to see their play professionally produced in our Plays by Young Writers festival at the Old Globe in January 2018. Inmates in our Out of the Yard program are enjoying the freedom to redefine their purpose and develop deeper empathy as they craft their stories into plays. One participant stated, "This program helped me put many of the conflicts I've encountered in my life into perspective. It has improved my life, and added meaning and value."

We at Playwrights Project aim to share the gift that is the power of the spoken and written language. Your gift ensures we are able to continue to nurture young writers, strengthen thoughtful communication throughout diverse communities, encourage creative problem solving and inspire a passion for lifelong learning in audience of all ages. 

Your donation of any amount helps to fulfill our mission of advancing literacy, creativity and communication by empowering individuals to voice their stories through playwriting programs and theatre productions. 

Your donation is 100% tax deductible (Tax ID 33-0394250) and will be acknowledged with a letter of receipt. 

Who: Californians under the age of 19 as of June 1, 2017. Scripts will be evaluated in two ages groups: 14 and under and 15-18. 

What: Submit original play script(s). Collaborations accepted. Subject and style are up to you! No page limit, but 10 pages minimum. 

When: Entries must be postmarked by June 1, 2017 or uploaded online by 12pm on June 1st. 

How: Upload or mail the following:
  • Cover Letter- Tell us about yourself, why you wrote this play, and whether you want to receive a script critique. If a teacher encouraged you to enter, include her/his name and school. 
  • Entry Form- (available to print for mail-in entries here) Requires writer's name, mail and email address, phone number, birth date, and a brief play description. 
  • Script- Must by typed and in play format. Number the pages, and do not include your name, school, or any other identifying information on the script itself. 

Mail entries to:
Playwrights Project
3675 Ruffin Rd., Ste 330
San Diego, CA 92123-1870

Script feedback will be sent in early October, 2017. Winners of the 2017 California Young Playwrights Contest will be professionally produced during Plays by Young Writers, held at The Old Globe's Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre in January of 2018. 

Questions? Please email write@playwrightsproject.org or call (858) 384-2970. 

Happy writing! 
Playwrights Project at the San Diego County Fair 
Sunday, June 4th at 1:30 PM
Join us at the Creative Youth Tent on June 4th for short scripts written by at risk youth of San Diego. It is guaranteed to be a special event the whole family can enjoy!
Out of the Yard playwright featured in San Diego Fringe Festival
June 23rd-July 1st
Melvin D. L. Price, Jr. a playwright in Playwrights Project's Out of the Yard program is delighted to share his writing outside the walls of Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility. Melvin's monologue was selected for New Play CafĂ©'s production of "Out to Lunch," at Panera Bread in Horton Plaza, June 23-July 1, presented as part of the San Diego Fringe Festival. Melvin's work will be performed along with 10-minute plays by five local playwrights, who are dear friends of Playwrights Project.  Check it out here and join us at Panera for some delicious theatre!
Call for Historical Monologues
Submissions due May 31, 2017

Playwrights Project, in conjunction with Write Out Loud and Descendants of Early San Diego, invites you to submit your historical monologues for TwainFest. Selected scripts will be awarded $100 and will be performed at TwainFest in Old Town on August 19, 2017. 
For submission details, please click here or e-mail Victor Contreras at  viccroscon@yahoo.com.

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 of San Diego Unified School District, Michael Ehrenfeld Insurance Company, The Samuel I. & John Henry Fox Foundation, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Gold Diggers, Kinder Morgan Foundation, 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, The William and Ruth Tippett Foundation, Torrey Pines Bank, Patricia and Christopher Weil Family Foundation, Annie Weisman and Bill Macomber, 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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