Taking place every two years, New Visions/New Voices is a week-long residency at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for playwrights and theatres to stimulate and support the creation of new plays and musicals for young audiences and families, culminating in a weekend showcase of staged readings and discussions with professionals in the field from around the country. Since 2006 it has programmed international works and instituted an International Observership Program.
Here are some links to organizations, events and resources supporting and developing the work of TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) playwrights. If you know of an organization or event not listed here, please go to inform us and send us the details.
The Programme accepts unsolicited manuscripts from anyone in isiXhosa, Afrikaans or English.
These scripts are sent out to professional readers for assessment. Reports are fed back to the playwrights. Once a play has been identified as having promise, the playwright works with an editor to undertake re-writing. The play may be given a stage reading, and if successful, will be considered for a full production.
A central part of the programme is playwriting workshops. It is targeted at adults and high school learners.
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Patch Theatre is a vibrant Adelaide-based company that creates whimsical theatre for 4-8 year olds and their carers. We've been theatre-making for 40 years, have performed to 1.7 million children and produced 103 new works. We present our repertoire of 9 productions cross Australia and internationally.
Playmarket is putting a special effort into gathering and co-ordinating the best of all plays that fall into this category, from adaptations of fairy tales for tiny children, to plays written by teachers especially for the classroom, to the most searing explorations of adolescence written by teenagers themselves - with no limits on length or cast size. They aim to encourage strong, original and inventive writing for young people both from those new to writing for the young, and the experienced.
Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre was formed in April of 1991 to address the needs of Atlantic Canadian playwrights and playwriting. Its mandate is three-fold: to assist in the professional development of Atlantic Canadian plays and playwrights, to promote the work of Atlantic Canadian playwrights and Atlantic Canadian Theatres and to document Atlantic Region works of theatre
Playwrights Guild of Canada is a registered national arts service association mandated to advance the creative rights and interests of professional Canadian playwrights, promote Canadian plays nationally and internationally, and foster an active, evolving community of writers for the stage.
PlayWriting Australia is the national peak body for playwriting with a mission to support the development and promotion of great new Australian writing for performance. They work to discover creative artists, improve and enhance playwrights' skills and boost national networks in order to see more Australian work on stage and in print.
Practice.ie is the website of the first professional network in Ireland, for artists working with children and young people. Practice.ie is an on-line collaborative research space reporting on artists’ practice with children and young people, managed and developed by Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership. Practice.ie provides a platform for artists that makes visible and validates arts practice with children and young people.
Qendra MULTIMEDIA was established in 2002 in Kosova, with the aim to stimulate and develop visual and performing arts, especially contemporary theatre. MULTIMEDIA Center produces and co-produces theatre productions for all ages; publishes plays and books on contemporary theatre and drama and organizes local and international art projects and exchanges. It cooperates with theatres, theatre schools and art organizations from all around the globe. www.qendra.org
Replay Theatre Company (Belfast, Northern Ireland) has been creating a diverse range of work for younger audiences in schools, art centres, festivals and theatres since 1988, giving many of Northern Ireland’s children and young people their first opportunity to experience live theatre. At Replay, we believe that theatre finds truth in discussion. By empowering their authentic voice, we aim to grow the possibility and potential of our young audiences – and, to this end, our projects are created through bespoke models of creative consultation with our young audiences.
REPwrite is an online Playwriting Resource that will enable schools, theatres, professional writers/artists and creators of drama to develop collaborative plays with anyone in the world.
REPwrite will enable those new to playwriting to go through a step by step guide in how to teach and develop plays and professional artists/writers to work collaboratively digitally and explore new partnerships and ways of writing
Script Development and Play-Making Workshops at Twist Development Projects, Kwa-Zulu-Natal, South Africa
TWIST Theatre Development Projects is a dynamic networking project that focuses on building skills and creating a sustainable network for community theatre development in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
The project focuses on both artistic and administrative skills, including organisational development, scriptwriting, directing, performance, arts and business administration, and publicity.
The Write Local. Play Global comunity might be especially interested in the writing and play-making workshops, but Twist has many terrific opportunities
Details on the programmes here.
SCT is the premier commisioner and creative producer of new work in the USA, with over 108 new works brought to stage in its 36 year history.
Seattle Children's Theatre (SCT) is the second largest resident theatre for young audiences in North America. Their programs empower young people to make new discoveries about themselves and the world around them while building a lifelong interest in the arts. The mission of Seattle Children's Theatre is to provide children of all ages access to professional theatre, with a focus on new works, and theatre education.
This is a script-reading and mentorship programme.
The programme was launched for the first time in 2009 with the National Arts Council (NAC) realising the need to be proactive in crafting new ideas that are backed by sound programmes and having a clear growth plan. The programme has certainly grown since 2009 with thirteen writers having been part of the programme to date. Each year, four scripts are selected to be part of the mentorship process, and this year, five writers working on four scripts have been selected.
Read more about it at the Arts Council's Website.
The Children’s Art Centre has been operating since 1984 when the Minister of Art and Culture established in Poznan the National Centre of Art for Children and Young People as a cultural institution of a nationwide character. Its raison d’etre is to inspire the creation of professional art for children and young people, to promote new valuable artistic performances, to popularize and aid in the development of new methods of cultural awareness education. In 1999 the Centre changed its Statute and its name to the Children's Art Centre in Poznan
The Dramatists Guild of America was established over eighty years ago, and is the only professional association which advances the interests of playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists writing for the living stage. The Guild has over 6,000 members nationwide, from beginning writers to the most prominent authors represented on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters.
Founded in 1982, The Growing Stage is a thriving center for the performing arts that engages a community of professional Equity actors and artists, community players, students, teachers and families. We are a not for profit professional member theatre of the Association of Actor’s Equity whose mission it is to nurture the development of the performing arts through education, and to create, produce, and perform works that engage the entire family.
The Growing Stage is housed in the historic Palace Theatre in Netcong, New Jersey. In 1995, when we purchased the theatre, the facility was in a desperate state of disrepair. On March 1, 2011, we celebrated the 15th anniversary of our re-opening of the Palace.
The mission of ICWP (International Centre for Women Playwrights) is to support women playwrights around the world by:
- bringing international attention to their achievements
- encouraging production of their plays, translation, publication, and international distributions of their works
- providing means for communication and contact among the sister community of the world's women dramatists
- assisting them in developing the tools of their craft, in determining their own artistic forms, and in setting their own critical standards
- encouraging scholarly and critical examination and study of the history and the contemporary work and concerns of women playwrights
- supporting their efforts to gain professional equality, and to express their own personal, artistic, social, and political vision without censorship, harassment, or personal danger.
Started in 1986 and organized by Zbigniew Rudziński, the competition aims to add new plays to the repertory of theatres working for young audiences. There have been two international editions so far. The play competition is an integral project in the policy of the Children’s Art Centre of Poznan and aims to inspire and promote contemporary playwriting