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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.



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New Plays for Young Audiences seeks new unpublished and unproduced scripts for young audiences (ages 4-21) for our 18th season, June 2015.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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How Theatre for Young People Can Save The World

From US Playwright Lauren Gunderson, a wonderful essay on the importance of empathy, something theater teaches us.  You can find it here


60 plays from 17 countries in the 1 Day/1 Play project from ASSITEJ France!

ASSITEJ/France received 60 700 word plays from 17 countries in this international playwriting game.  All are in French as well as the first language of the writer if that is not France.  As of this news item, the plays are still being posted, but do check them out - they are quite wonderful

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World Day for Theatre for Young Audiences, March, 20

"Take a Child to the Theatre Today" Campaign 2014

Message from Dr. John Kani and Yvette Hardie, both from South Africa.  Two of Kani's best-known performances were in The Island and Sizwe Banzi is Dead, written with Winston Ntoshona and Athol Fugard. Yvette Hardie is president of ASSITEJ International.

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Ticket to Write playwriting contest (UK)

The Ticket to Write playwriting contest – launched as a Beatles-themed Festival – is  now open for entries for the third year when the selected plays will be performed at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre on July 15 and 16.

The 2014 Festival has two new exciting changes:

Plays need not just have themes on The Beatles – they can include the wider Mersey Music scene of the 60s.

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