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YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL TOP TEN DISTINGUISHED PLAYS OF 2015

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre is delighted to announce the Top Ten Distinguished Plays of 2015 in our annual Young Playwrights Festival Playwriting Competition. Representing four schools, the winners will enter the final round of competition next year for a slot in MCT's Young Playwrights Festival Showcase 2016-2017. The Top Ten of 2015 are as follows:

BRAVE FACE by Destiny Vang, Rufus King International School [Mentor teacher: Anna Figlesthaler]

THE GRAY AREA IN MY LIFE by Kristen Leer, Ronald Reagan IB High School [Mentor teacher: Carrie Baker]

NOBODY'S ALIKE NANCY by Jessica Gregorio, Messmer High School [Mentor teacher: Gail Burkel]

ROAD TO TRANQUILITY by Katlyn Brookens, Rufus King International School [Mentor teacher: Anna Figlesthaler]

THIS JUST IN... by Malaina Moore, Rufus King International School [Mentor teacher: Anna Figlesthaler]

SAYING GRACE by Alexandra Gieske, Homestead High School [Mentor teacher: Angie Cicero]

THE SECRET LIFE OF ANISSAH by Maynciata McCloud, Messmer High School [Mentor teacher: Gail Burkel]

SHADES OF YOU by Lona Kujjo, Messmer High School [Mentor teacher: Gail Burkel]

THE WAR OF THE NERDS by Gonzalo Nieto, Jr., Ronald Reagan IB High School [Mentor teacher: Carrie Baker]

WHAT ARE THE ODDS? by Dominic Spencer, Ronald Reagan IB High School [Mentor teacher: Carrie Baker]



CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

NEEDED: ORIGINAL ONE-ACT PLAYS WRITTEN BY WISCONSIN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2016

Young Wisconsin writers!  Submit your new one-act play to MCT's Young Playwrights Festival Playwriting Competition!  We are accepting entries for the 2016 Competition at this time.

See submission guidelines and entry cover sheets for details, available for download below.

Submission Guidelines Entry Cover Sheet

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.  This June, we selected ten plays from 2015 as finalists.  The Top Ten Plays of 2015 will then join the Top Ten Plays selected in 2016 for a final competition!

Of the twenty finalists, 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 2016-2017 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

What is the Young Playwrights Festival?

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.

Who can enter?

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.

Who benefits?

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.

How to apply?

For more information about auditioning for roles, click here.

For more information about design and production postions, click here.

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