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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.



Announcing WLPG Sparks (Chicago): The Unexpected

WLPG Sparks (Chicago): the unexpected is a collaborative project between Write Local. Play Global, the international TYA playwright’s network, and Theatre for Young Audiences/USA toward the creation of original 500 word monologues on the theme of what happens at an unexpected moment of opportunity.  The selected pieces will be read by the playwrights at the One Theatre World Festival which will be held from May 7-9, 2015 hosted by The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago.

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Submissions sought for PLAYground festival of new plays (USA)

Here is a message from Purple Crayon Players:

We are currently seeking submissions for our 7th annual festival, to be held on Northwestern University’s campus in Spring 2015. As we continue to grow and develop, it is especially exciting to announce that the festival will be different this year than in past years. This includes many changes such as speakers, professionally led workshops, and student written work just to name a few.

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Adam NZ Play Award submissions - Playmarket, New Zealand

If you're a New Zealand resident or citizen, here's a reminder that submissions close on 1 December for the Adam NZ Play Award for the best new New Zealand play.

And if you're not from New Zealand, why not check out Playmarket's online catalogue of over 400 plays?

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Playwrights Guild of Canada announces the short lists for its 2014 Tom Hendry awards

The short list for PGC’s Carol Bolt Award, as well as the Stage West Pechet Family Comedy & Musical Awards were released September 29th by their respective juries.

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Playwriting Australia selects 7 new works for the National Script Workshop

The National Script Workshop is Playwriting Australia’s most popular and valuable opportunity for playwrights with a new play in development. From one-day play reading with immediate dramaturgical feedback, to an intensive week or fortnight workshop, playwrights are offered the time, space and expertise from outstanding creatives and actors to take their play closer to the stage. Workshopped plays are also in consideration for showcase at the National Play Festival each year.

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Call for unproduced scripts for New Plays for Young Audiences at New York University

New Plays for Young Audiences seeks new unpublished and unproduced scripts for young audiences (ages 4-21) for our 18th season, June 2015.

Submission Guidelines:

Please include your name, the name of the play, and where we can contact you. We prefer receiving scripts via email, but will accept them by post.  Also include in your submission your goals for the week of development – questions about the script you hope to answer, characters you want to further develop, story areas you want to look closer at, etc.

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"Playwriting and Specific Audiences: Strategies for Understanding and Reaching Those Audiences", by Suzanne Lebeau (Canada)

On May 29, 2014, two days of the ASSITEJ Congress and Festival in Warsaw were dedicated to playwriting, coordinated and curated by Zbigniew Rudzinski of the Children’s Art Center in Poznan. 

The playwriting platform began with a talk by Suzanne Lebeau from Montreal addressing to topic of Playwriting and specific audiences: strategies for understanding and reaching these audiences.  Can authors who write for children escape the double authority of the author over the audience and the adult over the child?

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Musings from a Reluctant Playwright by Meredyth Pederson (USA)

Teaching Artist. Dramaturg. Theatre-Maker. Director. Collaborator. Stage Manager. Actor.

This is a sampling of the many artist labels I’ve used to describe myself and the work that I do in the field of theatre for young audiences. Recently, a new one has surfaced somewhat unexpectedly for me:


You know that thing you swore you’d never do, never be able to figure out? That thing you admired, but didn’t understand. That thing you didn’t know how to start. For me, that thing was and is playwriting.

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Scripts sought for new play-reading festival at The Growing Stage in New Jersey

The New Play-Reading Festival is a wonderful opportunity for artists to have their unpublished works presented before an audience, in a play-reading scenario, by a cast consisting of both professional and amateur actors on two separate occasions during our 2014/2015 season.  This project is open to any unpublished and unproduced TYA scripts.

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"The Hundred Languages of Children: Language and Theatre" by Emelie FitzGibbon

The child has

A hundred languages.

So has theatre. And the very young child doesn’t even try to distinguish how meaning is created: gesture, atmosphere, sound, light, dynamics, physical presence, openess of the performer’s body, face, rhythm, pacing, engagement, comfort, safety are all as valuable as the words: all are new and exciting places to explore and mine for meaning. Well maybe theatre hasn’t quite a hundred languages ... but it has a multiplicity and all of them contribute to making the meaning of a performance and all of them re-inforce one another, deepening clarification of meaning and experiences. 

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