Through the Young Playwrights Project, PlayGround and Bay Area high schools partner to enable young writers to find their own expressive voice through the creation, development, and production of short plays.


2016 Young Playwrights Project

Congratulations to this year's Young Playwrights Project finalists:

Thursday, June 9 @ 8pm / APARTMENT NUMBER FOUR by Cicely Henderson (SOTA '19)
Friday, June 10 @ 8pm / COMING AROUND by Isabel Rose Aks (SOTA '19)
Saturday, June 11 @ 8pm / IN BLACK AND WHITE by Camilla Dwyer (SOTA '17)
Sunday, June 12 @ 7pm / MY NAME IS by Max Itsikson (SOTA '18)

Isabel Rose Aks Camilla Dwyer Cicely Henderson Max Itsikson

The four finalists' short plays will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings before select performances of the Best of PlayGround 20, PlayGround's annual showcase of the best short plays by the Bay Area's best new writers. A ticket to the Best of PlayGround includes admission to that night's Young Playwrights Project curtain-raiser. A talk-back with the playwrights has been scheduled following the Sunday, June 12 performance.

SPECIAL OFFER: High school students can attend the YPP performances and Best of PlayGround, June 9-12, for just $10. Use promo code PG10YPP.

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Previous Finalists

2015 Young Playwrights Project Finalists:
Home Front by Camilla Dwyer (SOTA ’17)
Darling on the Nickel by Rocko Bauman (Berkeley High School ’15)
Man's Work by Neil Binnie (Miramonte High School ’17)
Different Pieces of Oppression by Rebecca Shalliker (Albany High School ’16)

2014 Young Playwrights Project Finalists:
Who Wants the Moon by Eliza Mantz (Tamalpais '14)
Occupi by Jake Rosenberg (JCHS of the Bay '14)
Walk A Night in My Moccasins by Christine Lim (SOTA '15)
Somnambulism by Tessa King (Tamalpais '15)

2013 Young Playwrights Project Finalists:
Ariadne's Thread by Hilary Buffum (SOTA ’14)
Marriage, On the Rocks by Louise Newlin (Urban ’13)
Pitch Slap by Jake Rosenberg (JCHS of the Bay ’14)
Flowershop by Carly Van Liere (Redwood High ’14)

2012 Young Playwrights Project Finalist:
Roundabout by Ayelet Schrek (JCHS of the Bay '13)

2011 Young Playwrights Project Finalists:
Act After Curtain by Alona Bach (Berkeley High ’11)
You Wanna Refill? by Rebecca Leiner (SOTA ’11) and Madison Worthington (SOTA ’11)
Secrets in a Backstage Box by Pavla Berghen-Wolf (JCHS of the Bay ’13)
Shakespeare in an Airport by Caety Klingman (Miramonte High ’11)

2010 Young Playwrights Project Finalists:
Eden by Hannah Sears (Urban School '12)
Pandora by Lucas Baisch (SOTA '10)
Family Values by Nathan Forster (Berkeley High '11)
Blankie by Caety Klingman (Miramonte High '11)

2009 Young Playwrights Project Finalists:
The Toyshop by Sophie Becker (Tamalpais '11)
How To Make A Clean Get Away by Tanea Lunsford (SOTA '09)
Before the Once Upon A Time by Jose Villegas and Melanie Manzana (Acad. of Arts & Sciences '11)
Bear by Reese Adams-Romagnoli (SOTA '11)