Milwaukee Chamber Theatre is delighted to announce the Top Ten Distinguished Plays of 2016 in our annual Young Playwrights Festival Playwriting Competition. Representing five schools, the winners have entered the final round of competition this summer for a slot in MCT's Young Playwrights Festival Showcase 2016-2017. The Top Ten of 2016, in no particular order, are as follows:
THE IDEA OF NO by Chuefeng Yang, Rufus King International School [Mentor teacher: Anna Figlesthaler]
PRIDE & PANCAKES by Kyle Radomski, Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School [Mentor teacher: Carrie Baker]
SYRIA by Maureen Parks, Pius XI Catholic High School [Mentor teacher: Kevin Schwartz]
MEMORY ROAD by Colin Acheson, MacDowell Montessori School [Mentor teacher: Nakeysha Roberts-Washington]
THE BLOCK by Parreon Reid, Messmer High School [Mentor teacher: Gail Burkel]
I CAN ALWAYS DEPEND ON YOU by Mariah McGavin, Pius XI Catholic High School [Mentor teacher: Kevin Schwartz]
THE SINFUL TRUTH by Serenity Robinson, MacDowell Montessori School [Mentor teacher: Nakeysha Roberts-Washington]
BYE BYE AMA by Jazmin G. Hernandez, Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School [Mentor teacher: Carrie Baker]
DODGEBALL by Anna Dannecker, Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School [Mentor teacher: Carrie Baker]
CRUDELITAS: IN FORMA VITAE by Lauren Beal, Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School [Mentor teacher: Carrie Baker]
Young Wisconsin writers! Submit your new one-act play to MCT's Young Playwrights Festival Playwriting Competition! We are accepting entries for the 2017 Competition at this time.
See submission guidelines and entry cover sheets for details, available for download below.
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Every year, MCT accepts original one-act play scripts for consideration for our biennial YPF Showcase featuring up-and-coming regional directors, designers, and actors.
Of the twenty finalists from 2017 and 2018, three playwrights will win a cash prize and the opportunity to participate in the production process as their plays are brought to life onstage in the 2018-2019 MCT Young Playwrights Festival Showcase. Three additional playwrights will receive Honorable Mentions and a cash prize.
Contact Marcella Kearns, Education & Literary Manager at MCT, for further information: 414.276.8842 email Marcella
The Young Playwrights Festival is Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's signature education program. This annual writing competition is designed to encourage high school students to explore themes and relationships from a uniquely adolescent perspective through the writing of a one-act play. Ten pieces are designated Distinguished Plays every year. The Distinguished Plays from two years running then enter into final competition for a slot in the YPF Showcase, a biennial event which features fully produced performances of three winning one-act plays in the Broadway Theatre Center's Studio Theatre. College level designers and emerging professional directors are engaged to bring the scripts to life on stage with age-appropriate actors.
Playwrights must be high school students during the academic school year that their one-act plays are submitted to the Festival. Submissions are taken until June 1, and winners are notified by July 1 of every program year.
This program serves hundreds each season. Teachers may elect to participate in our YPF Playwriting Residency, which features four FREE playwriting workshops for their students and a packet of additional activities and handouts to supplement artist visits. High school students not only receive in-class instruction but one-on-one mentoring as they draft and revise their play. College students receive the opportunity to fulfill one of the design or technical positions required for our biennial showcase of YPF plays. Non-professional actors of ALL ages are encouraged to audition for one of the three winning plays, which are directed by emerging Milwaukee directors.
For more information about auditioning for roles, click here.
For more information about design and production postions, click here.