Karen Hartman was recently honored as the 2017 Deborah Salzer Excellence in Arts Education Award recipient. Hartman, who is an acclaimed playwright and educator, began her career as a playwright after winning Playwrights Project's California Young Playwrights Contest in 1986 with her play, In My Mother's House and in 1987 One Bell Shattered. Karen has taught playwriting in local high schools with Playwrights Project, as well as at Yale and the University of Washington, where she has been a Senior Artist in Residence since 2014. The evening featured short anecdotes and accolades from fellow playwrights Lauren Yee (Plays by Young Writers Alumna) and Naomi Iizuka, Managing Director of Idaho Shakespeare Festival Mark Hofflund, Amy Dyson (lead actor in Karen's second play One Bell Shattered), and James Saba of Junior Theatre. 

Playwrights Project established the Deborah Salzer Excellence in Arts Education Award in 2008 to recognize the important contributions of the organization's Founder Deborah Salzer and other key individuals who have achieved artistic merit and advanced arts education. Award recipients are chosen by an in-house selection panel, and demonstrate exemplary achievement in arts education programs for youth, and make a personal impact on students' lives.
Join us at Lights Up! Playwrights Take the Stage
Honoring the winners and finalists of the 2017
California Young Playwrights Contest

2016 Contest winner Cassandra Hsiao explains the vision behind her play, Supermarket of Lost. 

Playwrights Project will recognize the winners and finalists of the 2017 California Young Playwrights Contest in our annual Lights Up! reception on Saturday, September 30th at 5:30 PM. The reception will be held at Hattox Hall, directly above The Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre at The Old Globe Theatre Complex, where the Plays by Young Writers festival will be held.  Join us in this intimate event to meet the playwrights of the upcoming season of Plays by Young Writers and gain insight into the narratives that inspired their winning plays. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 each, and can be purchased online here. Please send your RSVP to write@playwrightsproject.org by Friday, September 22nd. Please call (858) 384-2970 with any questions or concerns. 
Thanks to all who submitted to our 2017
California Young Playwrights Contest! 

Thank you to the California residents under the age of 19 who submitted scripts for the 2017 California Young Playwrights Contest, and many thanks to our volunteer readers who have worked diligently to read and thoroughly review each script. This year, we received 432 scripts from a total of 465 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 2018. Keep up the great work, young writers!

"Your feedback definitely sparked some more--and new--ideas for this story. :) The fact that I got a real, thought-out, non-automated response is probably the best reward, so thank you! I'm even more appreciative of this knowing you had to go through so many submissions and do this for so many other students... I'll absolutely be using all the feedback you gave me to flesh this story out more and make it the most it can be! Thanks again for the kind and helpful words!" -Contest Entrant 
Welcome the new additions to the 
Playwrights Project Board of Directors! 
Introducing our newest members...    

Jerry Buckley

Marianne Generales

Susie Nancarrow Glenn
Alison Whitelaw
We welcome you to the board and are excited for the many talents will bring!
Special thanks to our returning 
Board of Directors!

President, Kathy Krevat

Vice President, Lynne Freeley

Treasurer, Dave Carr

Secretary, Latanya West
Mary Baum

Vanoli Chander
Annette Hall Neville

Ann Hornby

Holly Smith Jones

Gene Summ
We'll miss you, outgoing board members! 

Three board members are rotating off of the Playwrights Project Board of Directors: Ishita Dayal, Mary Harrison, and Teofla Rich (pictured above). Thank you all for your years of contributions!
Mary Harrison and Ishita Dayal with Executive Director, Cecelia Kouma. 
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