Welcome to the Young Playwrights Map!

The Young Playwrights Map was first published by Jim DeVivo in 2015 as a project connected to his doctoral dissertation research. Originally housed on Jim's personal website, The Map now has its own home! The current Map contains contests, programs, festivals, and other programs where young playwrights (generally including ages 19 and younger) in the United States can submit their plays. Please scroll below to read posts and additional information about programs featured on The Map. To access the interactive Map, use the link above.

The Map Goes International

There has been a lot of young playwrights news these past few weeks, so I spent a couple days catching up on a few previously unlisted programs and adding their information to The Map. I also took the opportunity to finally expand the resource beyond its previous borders to include a handful of programs for young writers in Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, and Scotland. Take a look at these additions and more by clicking on "The Map" in the top menu of the blog. In the next few weeks, I will be reaching out to these programs to encourage their involvement in my research about the field. Additionally, I will go through the US programs and update their content accordingly. There are other global programs to follow up on, as well.
My thinking is to remove items like "Deadline" and "Festival/Publication Date". Obviously these change each year and it can be difficult to keep up. Plus, I figure anyone looking for more information about a particular program …

NJ Thespian Festival 2018

On January 13, I led the first ever playwriting workshops and reading series at the New Jersey Thespian Festival. The program was developed this past summer when I was contacted by the president of NJ Thespians after she and a student board member experienced a playwriting workshop at the Thespian Fest in West Virginia. We quickly drew up a set of parameters for the program loosely based on the New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival and with support from Writers Theatre of NJ, the call for submissions went out to Thespian troupes with the start of the school year.

On December 1, 15 plays from high school students in troupes from across the state arrived in my inbox at Writers Theatre. Three of these plays were chosen as part of a reading workshop on the final day of the 2018 Festival. On the first day, I taught a pair of workshops titled JumpStart Playwriting, which gave a basic outline for students to use whether crafting initial ideas for a play, or to further develop stories current…

Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year! Wishing you a year of creative and provocative writing.

Resolve to Share Your Writing

The clock is ticking down quickly on 2017. The transition into January 2018 means a number submission and application deadlines for writing contests and programs will be here soon. Make it your resolution to find at least one place to send your work each month. In the meantime, happy writing!

Congrats to the Young Playwrights at 52nd Street Project

This is by far the best title for young playwrights' work I have read. Congrats to the newest group of writers to participate in the Playmaking program at 52nd Street Project in NYC.

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you all a happy holiday, and as always, happy writing, too!

Stay tuned for new opportunities, updates, and a worldwide expansion.

Milestone reached: 90 listings

It has been a while since my last post as I have been busy teaching and finishing up the dissertation (submitted October 5; defense scheduled for November 16). In the meantime, I have been keeping notes on the new programs that have been popping up in my news feeds and am thrilled to add today the 90th listing to the Map! This number will change once the final update is complete, but for now I am happy to celebrate that number.

The second update for 2017 will be delayed until all dissertation activity is complete. This will give me the proper time to process the submissions and updates I received via the survey form to date. Additionally, I am putting together some listings from the UK, Canada, and Australia that will go live in the new year.

There are many more projects I am looking forward to starting in the new year, which I can't wait to share on this blog. Included in that, is a report from the July Convening and some further details about the efforts to connect programs withi…