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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.



Tony Mack honoured as a Member of The Order of Australia

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.

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The Rodney Seaborn Playwriting Support Fund (Australia)

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.

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Danny Braverman's 'Wot? No fish!! wins Brian Way Award

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.”

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Selections announced for New Visions/New Voices 2014

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.

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'What is the Role of Post-show Discussions in TYA New Play Development? by Teresa A. Fisher 

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.

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¡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.


New scripts and books from South Africa

Junkets Publisher announces new scripts and books

Some exciting and current new work for theatre



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New Plays for Young Audiences 2013, New York

Three exciting works-in progress for young audiences at NYU's Provincetown Playhouse


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ASSITEJ and Next Generation Placements

ASSITEJ promotes NEXT GENERATION PLACEMENTS to provide young theatre artists, producers and administrators with opportunities for international mobility within the field of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) in order to encourage contact between experienced and emerging artists.

Young people with an interest for and/or experience in TYA will have the opportunity to share experiences, learn and work with

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WLPG Sparks (Linz) – Catalysts for Discovery [June 2013]

The WLPG network put out a call for 500-word original monologues following a ‘prompt’ relating to the overall theme of catalysts for discovery.  Austrian playwright Holger Schober joined WLPG co-editors Tony Mack, Deirdre Kelly Lavrakas and Kim Peter Kovac in making the selection from several dozen entries.  The monologues were read at the ASSITEJ International Meeting in Linz on June 24 and 25, 2013  – playwrights read in their first language and English translations were provided.

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