Lakewood Theatre Company is proud to announce its inaugural Young Playwrights Festival (YPF), an opportunity for High School aged playwrights to work with professional directors and actors and to gain insight, experience and feedback about their plays. The aim of YPF is to provide an opportunity for young playwrights to learn and discover how their work is interpreted by actors and directors and provides a safe environment to make changes to their work or not.

Scripts will be read by theater professionals, who will look at your storytelling, plot structure, characters and dialogue. Finalists will receive a staged reading of their play at Lakewood Theater as part of the Fertile Ground Festival on January 28. Each playwright will receive a stage manager, a company of professional actors and a director.

Stage Manger, Director Interns: If you are a high school Junior or Senior who is not a playwright but is interested in shadowing/observing stage management or the directors please submit your resume and a 1-page cover letter telling us more about who you are and your goals in the theater.

Submission Deadline:  October 3rd Note: No charge for applicants
Selection Announced:  November 8th
Workshops/Rehearsals: Saturday afternoons starting November 19th
        DATES: November 19, 26 December 3, 10, 17 Jan.7, 14, 21
Fertile Ground Festival Staged Reading: January 28th 2pm, Headlee Mainstage, Lakewood Center for the Arts

Submission Guidelines:

Each playwright must submit the following by email to center.info@lakewood-center.org

Your One Act Play 10 minute – 30 minutes in length (30-40 pages max.)
1 page cover letter, telling us about what inspired you to write this play and what you hope to learn or discover during this process. This workshop is for your benefit, tell us what you would like help with or have questions about.  If your play is a work in progress let us know.
A list of any and ALL conflicts you may have with the workshop.

All documents should be saved as (PDF's) and labeled follows:
YPF_LAST NAME_Cover Letter
YPF_LAST NAME_Dates of conflicts (Having conflicts does not disqualify from participating)
Email to PDF’s to:
In subject line write: YPF and your last name

Rehearsal/Workshop Schedule:

November 19 tentative time 2:00-5:00pm
Meet and Great-All plays are read aloud and discussed as a company
Discuss goals for the workshop

November 26 tentative time 2:00-5:00pm

December 3rd tentative time 2:00-5:00pm

December 10 tentative time 2:00-5:00pm
Professional Playwrights talk to the whole group

December 17 tentative time 2:00-5:00pm
Rehearsal all plays/read through

December 18 - January 6th Holidays and opportunity to write new pages

January 7 time: TBD
Read through of plays

January 14 Rehearsal time TBD
January 21 Rehearsal time TBD

January 28
Public Reading Performance 2pm Lakewood Theatre Company, Headlee Mainstage at Lakewood Center for the Arts

Special thanks to the Wheeler Foundation and the Municipal Grant Program at the City of Lake Oswego for helping to underwrite, in part, this inaugural year.

Download   an info sheet about the 2016 Young Performers Program

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