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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.



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.


Calling Western Cape playwrights - The SCrIBE Script Writing Competition (South Africa)

An exciting new competition has been announced giving Western Cape playwrights the chance to have their play produced.

The SCrIBE Script Writing Competition is open to playwrights who are South African residents, over the age of 18 and living in the Western Cape. The winning script will be produced for a run in Cape Town from 22 October to 3 November.

The 2012 Scribe initiative is the inaugural competition and will be an annual event. It is the brainchild of the Imbewu Trust, a non-profit organisation set up to nurture and promote the contemporary theatre industry, providing a platform for new works as well as showcasing the best of South African theatre on an international stage.

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A Twin's Story - theatre and hand-made cinema in Mexico

A Twin’s Story, a play for young children written by Berta Hiriart, has just had a successful premiere. Published in the collection Theater of the world for the new generations (Editions SM), A Twin’s Story comes to the stage sponsored by Mexico’s National Fund for the Arts. It was directed by the author, in collaboration with the puppeteer and hand-made cinema artist Arturo López Barrera. This expressive techique, which uses the light projected on a screen to create images that are transformed before the eyes of the spectator, has proved to be powerful enough to touch the sensibility of the audience – children between 3 and 8 years – and those accompanying them.

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"Take a child to the theatre today" by Yvette Hardie

Due to its very special and particular nature - the live moment of interaction, that precious window in which artists are able to touch the hearts and minds, ears and eyes, of those breathing the same air as them, in a unique and intensely personal way - theatre is naturally limited in its capacity to reach every child and young person. But once the audience is there, it is entirely unlimited in its capacity to communicate the essential, the mysterious, the actual and the possible. This is why we as artists must be so vigilant about the work we create, to ensure that every encounter with theatre will be an opportunity for the audience to become more curious, more intrigued, more captivated – and perhaps to fall in love with the encounter theatre offers them.

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350 members!

We've just passed three hundred and fifty members in some forty-seven countries!  Wow!  Recent members from Iceland, Russia, and Kenya, which is terrific.

We are also hard at work planning WLPG events in Australia and at the Kijimuna Festival in Okinawa.  As these plans are finalized, we will (of course) let everyone know.

But meanwhile, many thanks for being part of the network, and of the community of writers, directors, educators dedicated to new plays for young audiences.  We look forward to knowing more about each of you, and the important work you're doing. 

Deirdre, Tony, and Kim

co-editors, write local play global



Suzanne Lebeau's message for World Theater for Young Audiences day (March 20)

Canadian playwright and WLPG member Suzanne Lebeau was asked by ASSITEJ to write a message for World Theater for Young Audiences day, March 20.

Dear friends,

I love the theatre.
I love the magic of this art where we are all together
in the same room, and yet unique….
Everyone has his story,
barefoot or luxury sandals
in the cold of the poles or the heat of the tropics.
Each according to his mood,
his family, his tastes, the colour of his skin, his problems, his dreams.

I loved the theatre even more
when the actress that I was came to meet young audiences.
I realised just how fine the line is between fiction and reality.
Who is telling the truth, if truth exists?

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Interplay Europe – Festival of Young Playwrights 2012 in Buitrago, Spain

From 29 June to 8 July 2012 “Interplay Europe – Festival of Young Playwrights” will take place in Buitrago, near Madrid, Spain's capital. It will be organized by Interplay Spain. José Cruz, playwright and professor for drama at Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático, is head of the organizational team. The participation of up to 50 young playwrights and 25 tutors from 20 European countries is anticipated, and wthey ill share days full of script-discussions, workshops, rehearsed readings and theatre shows.

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best wishes for the new year!

To the write local play global community:  it's been a wonderful 2011, filled with connections and resources and new discoveries, all thanks to the wonderful energy and openness that you bring.  We have loved working with you, been inspired by your commitment and artistry, and look forward to many more adventures in the future. 

And we hope that our friends in Japan will forgive our summing up our wishes in the form of a haiku:

To amazing plays
And a brilliant new year
For all our playwrights

Warmest best wishes,

Deirdre, Tony, and Kim


Deirdre Kelly Lavrakas, Tony Mack, Kim Peter Kovac, Founders/Editors