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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.



"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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Playwrights Wanted for WLPG Slams at the Warsaw Congress

Playwrights wanted for WLPG Slams at the Warsaw Congress
Write Local. Play Global., the ASSITEJ Playwrights Network, will be coordinating with the organizers of the Congress in Warsaw in May to produce two evenings of Playwright Slams.   They are currently scheduled for May 29 and 30, and each will have 10-12 playwrights reading short excerpts of a recent play in their first language.

If you are interested and are planning to attend those days of the congress, please email us at   The reading can be in your first language, and it is ideal if you would provide a written translation into English to pass out to the audience.

We hope you are interested in being a part of these two evenings of exciting voices from all over the world.


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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