EAST LANSING, Mich. –High School students across the state are invited to submit a one-act play to be juried in the 19th Annual Young Playwright’s Festival (YPF).
The Young Playwrights Festival is a collaboration between MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity at Wharton Center and the MSU Department of Theatre. Twelve semifinalists are chosen and from those twelve the jury will select the six finalists whose plays will be produced.
The six finalists will be assigned a professional theatre mentor who will assist the playwright with revising their play. Each finalist will receive a $200 award and a staged production of their play performed by the MSU Department of Theatre at Wharton Center. The other six semifinalists will receive a $100 award.
To enter students must complete an application available online at www.whartoncenter.com/ypf.All entries must be postmarked by Monday, December 1, 2014 to be included in this year’s festival.
On Sunday, May 17, 2015at 2:00 p.m. in Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre, the six finalist’s plays will be performed. The performance is free and open to the public with first-come, first-served seating. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.A second performance is scheduled for Monday, May 18, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. for high school students. All high schools are invited to attend. Reservations for the Monday school show must be made in advance by contacting Laurie Briseño of Wharton Center’s Education Department at 517-884-3141.
Professional mentors for 2015 include: Seth Gordon, Associate Artistic Director, Repertory
Theatre of St. Louis; Joe Giardiana, theatre artist, New York City; Stephen Skiles, Xavier
University; Pam Sterling, Associate Professor of Theatre, Arizona StateUniversity; Carol North,
Former Artistic Director at Metro Theatre of St. Louis; and Edward Daranyi, Resident Teaching
Artist/Theatre Director, Stratford Festival of Canada.
Please contact Laurie Briseño at 517-884-3141 with any questions.The 19thAnnual Young Playwrights Festival is made possible in part by Mid-Michigan MRI, the MSU Department of Radiology and Wharton Center Inner Circle.###