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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.



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                       


David Megarrity shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award (Australia)

Best wishes for WLPG member David Megarrity! His stage adaptation of his picture book The Empty City has been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Drama Award. It's the first time a children's work has made the finals, and almost certainly the only time a non-verbal work has made the list. Based on the Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book 2008, The Empty City by David Megarrity and Jonathon Oxlade is an unforgettable adventure in multimedia and music for children aged 4–10 years old and their families.

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Special evening dedicated to the work of Suzanne Lebeau/Soirée exceptionnelle consacrée à Suzanne Lebeau

For anyone in or near Paris, on December 15 at 7.30, there will be a special evening dedicated Suzanne Lebeau's work as a playwright at the Tarmac (Paris, 20e). During this evening, actors will read some extracts of her plays, including new works that she will comment on. For those who don't know the work of this exceptional playwright whose works have been translated into 18 languages and produced on four continents, you can read a short biography here.

Soirée exceptionnelle consacrée à Suzanne Lebeau, l’un des auteurs québécois les plus joués dans le monde, qui a fondé avec Gervais Gaudreault le théâtre du Carrousel en 1975. Reconnue  internationalement comme le chef de file de la dramaturgie francophone jeune public.

More detailed information on Le Tarmac's website.


Programmes for Playwrights in South Africa

With thanks to ASSITEJ President Yvette Hardie, the WLPG Editors have just been made aware of three terrific resources for playwrights in South Africa.  Here are links for specific playwright programmes on the websites of Artscape, Twist Development Projects, and the National Arts Council.

Script Development and Play-Making Workshops at Twist Development Projects, Kwa-Zulu-Natal

The New Writing Programme at Artscape in Cape Town

The 'So you think you can write?' programme of the National Arts Council.


New 'Theater of the world for future generations' anthology about to be released in Mexico

Write Local. Play Global. is a concept coming to life in Mexico, connecting playwrights with performing artists through the Theater of the world for future generations (Teatro del mundo para las nuevas generaciones) anthologies, edited by WLPG member Berta Hiriart and published by Ediciones SM.

In a few weeks the second anthology will be released, aimed at children aged 7 to 9 years. Besides two Mexican texts, it also contains the play Tokoloshe, by the South African playwright Pieter Scholtz, and Can you whistle, Johanna?, by the Swedish author Ulk Stark, translated by Aracelia Guerrero.


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Google Translate - now on write local. play global.

More good news for WLPG members! We have now incorporated Google’s website translator throughout the site so you can view automatic translations of WLPG content in more than 50 languages.

While we do realize these translations are far from perfect, they are an incredibly useful tool for those working in languages other than English as menu tabs and links are also translated as well as content.

You will find the Google Translate menu on the bottom of most WLPG pages and directly under our banner on the home page.

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Two hundred fifty members! Thirty-seven countries!

The WLPG community now has 250 members in 37 countries.  Not bad, we think, especially considering we've only been up and running for about four months. 

Please help our community grow by sending us information about what's happening in your part of the world, and by letting friends and colleagues know.

There's an African saying that 'it takes a village to raise a child'.  in a similar way, our global village of playwrights, directors, actors, composers, educators, dramaturgs can help nurture new plays for young audiences.



In memoriam: Nancy Swortzell, 1931-2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing, on July 30 of Nancy Swortzell, one of the great women theater for young audiences and educational theater in the USA.  Most relevant to the 'write local play global' community may be her co-founding the New Plays for Young Audiences program at the Provincetown Playhouse, which helped develop over forty new plays for children and young people with playwrights from the USA, Ireland, the UK, and Australia.



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