The New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival

Festival OverviewFestival Dates and LocationSelected PlaysPlaywrights BiosRehearsal Schedule
Now in its 34th year, The New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival celebrates the work of New Jersey Playwrights, grades 4-12. NJYPF is the third oldest contest in the United States. Over 500 young writers have seen their works presented since its founding in 1983.

Professional Actors and Directors present staged readings of the winners of the New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest in a two-day festival. Elementary and Junior School plays receive a rehearsed concert reading, High School plays receive a rehearsed staged reading. All readings are followed by a talk-back with the audience, the writers, and the directors. Writers receive a certificate of accomplishment, and all HS winners receive a Governor’s Award.

Before the final performance, writers are guided by theatre professionals on play revision. High School winners are assigned professional dramaturgs, who work with them to the day of the Festival. All writers attend rehearsals, where their input is sought and revision is encouraged.

For photos and information on last year’s NJYPF, click here!

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The location and dates of this year’s festival have not yet been determined. Check back here for information and directions to the performance sit.
The NJYPC Panel will be announcing the winning plays in April 2017. Check back here for more information.
Check back here for the biographies of all the selected writers.
Once the Festival rehearsal schedule has been determined, it will be posted here.