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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.



"Censorship and Self-Censorship.../De la censure et de l’autocensure.." by Suzanne LeBeau

I began to write for young audiences thirty years ago because I wasn’t happy with the plays for these audiences that I was performing in. I had fallen in love with an « unformatted » audience. I wanted to offer children the best theatre: accessible, democratic, contemporary, new. But new compared to what? There was no repertoire to point the way, few models to reject or contest. So I developed a culture of questioning. The questions came from the relationship with the audiences (children) – and from outside – adults’ opinions about our work and their comments about childhood and its relationship with life, art, and theatre.

The first question with which I “bothered” myself remains just as current forty years later: who knows and can decide what is best for a child?

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American Alliance for Theater and Education 2012 Distinguished Play Awards

On August 10, at its national conference in Lexington, Kentucky, the American Alliance for Theater and Education announced its 2012 Distinguished Play Awards:  Write Local Play Global congratulates all of the recipients:

Category A: (for middle and secondary audiences)
Teaching Disco Square Dancing to our Elders: A Class Presentation by Larissa FastHorse

Category B: primarly for Pre-K and Elementary school audiences
Balloonacy by Barry Kornhauser
Pirates! by Charles Way

Category C: (Adaptations, Upper Elementary)
A Boy Called Lizard, book by James J. Mellon, Music and Lyrics by James J. Mellon and Scott DeTurk, based on the novel Lizard by Dennis Covington

Category D: (Adaptations, Lower Elementary)
Eggs by Y York, based on the novel by Jerry Spinelli



'The Global Play Project: Shifting Perspectives of International TYA at a US University' by Jenny Anne Koppera

The journey to create the Global Play Project (GPP) began after I returned inspired and rejuvenated artistically from my experience as an intern at the ASSITEJ World Congress and Festival in May 2011.  I was bubbling over with ideas and new friends from across the world, and my goal was to bring this feeling and energy back to Michigan.

At ASSITEJ, I had the opportunity to work on the international playwright slams held in both Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmoe, Sweden, the two host cities.  These slams, which introduced me to 20+ international plays, along with some in-depth conversations with a few playwrights really sparked my interest in international work.   My interest piqued, I was then quite eager to foster dialogue around international TYA and create some cross-cultural relationships.

I proposed the Global Play Project to the Drama and Applied Theatre for Young Audiences Graduate Program at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, and it was then paired with a graduate level course entitled, “The Playwright and The Young Audience,” taught by faculty member Patricia Zimmer.  This class/project interface allowed ten graduate students to partner with me in a variety of roles such as directors, actors and designers to move this Global Play Project from dream to reality!

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Happy Birthday to 'Wiley and the Hairy Man' (rebooted)

A new life for a US TYA classic!

The 40th birthday of Suzan Zeder's play Wiley and the Hairy Man will be celebrated this October in fine style with a brand new production at StageOne in Louisville, Kentucky.  Wiley will be revitalized and reborn as a musical based in bluegrass and American roots music.  Suzan has been working with a Louisville legend, jazz composer and performer, Harry Pickens, for the past six months on this and she says "it is very exciting to give new life to the play that literally launched me into writing for young audiences."

More information on StageOne's website.


LAB007: in search of recent plays

LABOO7 is a professional network dedicated to multilingual theatre experiences for young audiences.

It is based on both a deep knowledge of the international contemporary repertoire for youth
and the powerful richness of the sound and song of languages on stage.  Born in Europe in 2007, it's now opening worldwide, also acting as a go-between for all the contemporary forms of playwriting for children and teenagers.

To increase our knowledge of the contemporary playwriting for the youth, LABOO7 reading committee is looking forward to receiving and reading recent plays (written since 2000), especially plays coming from Spain, Greece, Portugal, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, the Czech Republic, Slovaka and Slovenia. They can be aimed to small children, children and teenagers.

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Winners of the Polish TYA play competition announced!

The Jury of the Twenty-Third Theatre for Children and Young People Play Competition (Paweł Aigner, Piotr Cieplak, Tadeusz Pajdała, Waldemar Raźniak and Zbigniew Rudziński) has met and made its decisions.

The three major awards were given to
-Snow (Śnieży) by Robert Jarosz
-Malwinka in the Kingdom of Birds
(Malwinka w ptasim królestwie) by Agnieszka Wiktorowska-Chmielewska
-Me as…?
 (Ja, jako…) by Stach Szulist

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Looking ahead to New Visions/New Voices 2014

It's not too early to save the dates now for New Visions/New Voices 2014, which will take place in May, 2014, just before the ASSITEJ Congress and Festival in Warsaw.  The creative teams will arrive May 11, 2014, and the conference portion will be May 16-18, 2014.
The specific guidelines for participation will be issued in April, 2013, and applications will be due in August 2014.  As with this year, the Kennedy Center will be looking for US and international projects and international playwright observers.   For 'The Translation Project', Kennedy Center will be looking a play that has had a successful production in one language, but not yet in English, a play that will resonate in English-speaking countries.

See you in 2014!

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Royal Court Young Writers Festival 2012

This year, the Royal Court Young Writers Festival ran from 23 February – 14 April, showcasing promising young talent from across the UK – debut plays from young British playwrights with original and diverse stories to tell.

Since 1973, it has been unrivalled in its discovery of new writing, launching writers such as Simon Stephens (2005 Olivier award for Best Newcomer), Christopher Shinn (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2008), Bola Agbaje (2008 Olivier Award), Leo Butler, Andrea Dunbar, DC Moore, Michael Wynne and Chloe Moss. Most recently Alia Bano’s play Shades, (Most Promising Playwrights Award at the Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Awards).

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A grand celebration of college and university playwrights and plays 

On Saturday, April 21, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival had its annual awards ceremony, incluing the Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards.

Of special interest to the WLPG community were the awards for Outstanding Theater for Young Audiences play given to Gabriel Jason Dean for The Transition of Doodle Pequeno, with second place going to Shayanna Jacobs for Susan and the Sister Woman.

The playwriting awards are given in a number of categories related to style, form, length, and subject matter, and it's all about support of excellence in new writing - it's less about winning than it is about writing good plays.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a national theater involving some 18,000 students annually who are part of a network of some 600 colleges and universities in all fifty states.  KCACTF encourages, recognizes, and celebrates the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs and provides opportunities for participants to develop their theater skills and insight.  For more information, click here.


Four Actor-Writers in Rural Cheshire, UK - '12 Miles From Nowhere On Tour'

In 2009 Action Transport Theatre Company invited four actor-writers to research, compose and ultimately perform a play for the rural youth community of Cheshire, UK. During the two-year process, they met and workshopped ideas with those young people, workshopped together as writers, written collaboratively, presented readings across Cheshire and finally toured the play – 12 MILES FROM NOWHERE – back to the communities where it was formed.

Freddie Machin, actor and co-writer of 12 Miles From Nowhere for Action Transport Theatre, describes the experience in 12 Miles From Nowhere On Tour.