In a spirit of curiosity, openmindness and promotion of contemporary performances for children and teenagers, ASSITEJ/France is launching an instant creation game, open to all the professionals around the world. Each participant who follows the rules wins : his/her creation will be posted on the ASSITEJ/France website, for a year. These worldwide creations will become the material for future performances and/or events amongst the whole ASSITEJ network during the 2014-2015 season.
Welcome to Write Local. Play Global.
We want to hear from you! Membership is free and open to all - playwrights, directors, dramaturgs, educators, administrators, students - anyone who values plays for young audiences.
Write Local. Play Global. is the ASSITEJ playwrights network.
The Ticket to Write playwriting contest – launched as a Beatles-themed Festival – is now open for entries for the third year when the selected plays will be performed at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre on July 15 and 16.
The 2014 Festival has two new exciting changes:
Plays need not just have themes on The Beatles – they can include the wider Mersey Music scene of the 60s.
Playwrights wanted for WLPG Slams at the Warsaw Congress
Write Local. Play Global., the ASSITEJ Playwrights Network, will be coordinating with the organizers of the Congress in Warsaw in May to produce two evenings of Playwright Slams. They are currently scheduled for May 29 and 30, and each will have 10-12 playwrights reading short excerpts of a recent play in their first language.
If you are interested and are planning to attend those days of the congress, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The reading can be in your first language, and it is ideal if you would provide a written translation into English to pass out to the audience.
We hope you are interested in being a part of these two evenings of exciting voices from all over the world.
On 26 January 2014, as part of the Australia Day celebrations, Tony Mack was named a Member of the Order of Australia, his country's highest honor. Tony has had a long and distinguished career in the performing arts, with an emphasis on theater for young audiences. He is presently co-founder and co-editor of the Write Local. Play Global. network for TYA playwrights. Previously he served as Vice President of ASSITEJ International, Editor of Lowdown Magazine and has appeared in many films and plays.
All of us at WLPG congratulate our friend and colleague - we are honored and proud to work with him.
A more complete biography is below:
The Rodney Seaborn Playwriting Support Fund
The Rodney Seaborn Playwriting Support Fund provides assistance to Australian playwrights and others working in the area to advance knowledge and appreciation of playwriting as an art-form.
Under the Playwriting Support Fund, grants of up to $5000 are available to assist playwrights to realise their full potential and produce works suitable for performance by an established professional theatre company.
Playwright Danny Braverman is the winner of the £6,000 Brian Way Award 2013 for Wot? No fish!! The award promotes the achievements of playwrights who write for young audiences. The prize money is intended to give the winner the time and space to develop a new play without the pressure of deadlines or a commissioning brief.
Wot? No fish!! is a play for ages 12+ produced by bread&circuses. It tells the funny and moving story of how the playwright discovered the lost art of his great-uncle Ab, and is billed as “an extraordinary story about love, art, history… and catering.”
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, is pleased to announce its 13th New Visions/New Voices workshop from May 16 to May 18, 2014. This award-winning biennial showcase helps theaters develop new works for young audiences, which are presented as rehearsed readings for conference of producers, educators, playwrights, and students.
There will eight new works that will be part of New Visions/New Voices 2014 as well as 6 international playwright observers - an awesome group of playwrights and plays.
Lately, I’ve been questioning my assumption that post-show discussions (PSD) are vital to new play development. So I recently surveyed and interviewed theatre professionals about them. The results revealed a wealth of information about structure and facilitation in the use and understanding of PSDs.
When I am facilitating a PSD, I use the curtain speech to invite the audience to stay for it. I assure them we will not ask them to be critics, but merely offer their reactions. After the reading, I repeat my invitation while handing out feedback forms. After 2-4 minutes (any longer and they leave), I invite folks down to the front of the house. I review the ground rules. I tell them I have questions I can ask, but I want to make sure their voices are heard, as I utilize an open structure. I inform them the playwright has the right not to answer a question and I may even stop him from answering a question. I then ask a question of the playwright (sometimes one to the director and/or actors, if appropriate) to help the audience understand the development process as well as to role model question asking. Then, I open to audience questions. When needed, I jump in to clarify or reframe a question. When our time is up or I sense the playwright or audience is tired, I stop the discussion, even if there are hands still up. I inform folks they can ask me more questions before they leave or email them to me.
¡DERECHO AL ESCENARIO! Concurso de obras cortas para niños [Write for the Stage/Right to the Stage! - Short plays for Children Contest]
Con el objetivo de celebrar el 25 aniversario de la Convención de los Derechos del Niño e impulsar el desarrollo de la Dramaturgia para Niños y Jóvenes, ATINA (Asociación de Teatristas Independientes para niños y Adolescentes) y EDITORIAL QUIPU convocan al concurso de obras cortas destinadas a niños de 6 a 10 años ¡DERECHO AL ESCENARIO! Los interesados podrán encontrar las bases en el documento adjunto. Los invitamos a participar y agradecemos la difusión del mismo.
With the aim of celebrating the Children´s Rights Convention 25th. anniversary and encouraging the Playwriting for Children and Young People development, ATINA (ASSITEJ Argentina) and QUIPU Editorial make this callout to participate in the Short Plays Contest RIGHT TO STAGE! devoted to children from 6 to 10 years old. Click here to download Write for the Stage/Right to the Stage! terms.