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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.



'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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WLPG Shorts (Cleveland): Unexpected Connections (May, 2013)

     Presented by Write Local. Play Global in collaboration with TYA/USA
     May 9, 2013, State Theatre, Playhouse Square Center, Cleveland


Twelve 1,000 word plays from four countries, read by actors at an informal event.

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The Growing Stage Theatre (The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey) is now accepting submissions for its 2013-14 New Play-Reading Festival! 

The Growing Stage Theatre – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey is now accepting submissions for our 2013-2014 New Play-Reading Festival!

This project is open to any unpublished and unproduced TYA scripts to be considered as one of four plays to be featured in the New Play-Reading Festival this coming season at The Growing Stage Theatre – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey.

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New Plays for Children and Young People From Poland.

New Plays for Children and Young People is a periodical that presents Polish and international contemporary drama. The source of the dramas varies but the majority come from the Theatre Plays Competition organised annually by the Children’s Art Centre in Poznań.

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Distinguished Play Awards from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education 

The American Alliance for Theatre and Education has recently announced the 2013 Disttinguished Play Awards.  There are four categories by age-range of play, and five plays from four playwrights are the worthy winners.

Congratulations to all these fine writers for these lovely scripts.

Gabriel Jason Dean, The Transition of Doodle Pequeno

Qui Nguyen, She Kills Monsters

Cheryl West, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Y York, Don't Tell Me I Can't Fly

Y York, Getting Near To Baby

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