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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 the plays and playwrights for WLPG Shorts (Cleveland) : Unexpected connections

Write Local. Play Global. is delighted to announce the plays that will be read at TYA/USA’s One Theatre World conference in May, held in collaboration with the Cleveland International Children’s Festival.   We received over two dozen submissions of original plays from playwrights in seven countries.  The following will be read on the evening of May 9, 2013: 

  • ·       Rachel Atkins, USA, Can You Hear the Mermaids Singing?
  • ·       Amanda Hill, USA, Dancing
  • ·       Afeif Ismail, Sudan/Australia, Unsuitable Hats
  • ·       Jeff Jenkins, USA, Timmon and the Magic Shoes
  • ·       Nathan Lachenmeyer, USA, The Singing Rock
  • ·       Marti Meeker, USA, Disappearance
  • ·       Vynnie Meli, USA, The Bargain
  • ·       Anna Nygren, Sweden, Against the Wall
  • ·       Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, USA, Festival of Lights
  • ·       Daphnie Sicre, USA, Variations
  • ·       Jason Tremblay, USA, Vampire Princess and the Volcano
  • ·       Dace Micane Zalite, Latvia/USA, Where To Find Shambhala

Backseat Drivers: Music Driven - David Megarrity (Australia)

Liz Skitch and David Megarrity, 2000'Building music into a creative process gives your unfinished work a ‘finish’. It’s fun to work with and makes you feel less like a doofus when you’re a performer doing silly things onstage in rehearsal. It’s like jumping around on a springy bed – it lifts you up, but is there to catch you.'

In this blog, Australian theatremaker and composer David Megarrity, describes how music can be a vital part of developing a performance:

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Completing the trilogy: Suzan Zeder's 'The Edge of Peace'

Playwright Suzan Zeder, Director Linda Hartzell, and Deaf Actor/ASL Master Billy Seago have been working for thirty years on 'The Ware Trilogy': Mother Hicks, A Taste of Sunrise, and now, The Edge of Peace soon to premiere at the University of Texas at Austin.

Interviews with Suzan and director Linda Hartzell here

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The Shifting Landscape of TYA: Searching for (and Creating) New Maps by Kim Peter Kovac

In the world of theater for young audiences, the ground is shifting under our feet: unstable and unfamiliar, far less funding, and the zeitgeist is way different than just a few years ago. As we look ahead, we have little idea what the future will look like. This is very scary.

And very exciting.

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LAb 24 in Los Angeles - new company doing sophisticated theater that parents can share with kids

LAb24 is 24th ST Theatre’s new experimental resident theatre company dedicated to creating sophisticated, provocative theatre that parents can share with their kids. LAb24 is led by the award-winning 24th ST creators, Deb Devine and Jay McAdams and includes actors, designers, playwrights and video artists.

The purpose of LAb24 is to push the envelope of children’s theatre by creating daring theatre for the whole family that breaks the boundaries of age, looking and feeling like adult theatre, while also appealing to kids.

Read more about it on the theater's web site

Read more in Arts Beat LA

Read more in Broadway World


'The Wonder Years' - Fresh Ink forum on writing for young audiences and performers

How does writing for young audiences and young performers differ from writing for adults?  What are theatre companies looking for when commissioning and developing work for this demographic? What approaches work? And what special considerations and concerns must the writer bear in mind?

In this first in a series of Fresh Ink forums looking at all aspects of playwriting, leading Australian practitioners Finegan Kruckemeyer, Tim McGarry, Debra Oswald, Jo Turner and Fraser Corfield talk about their experiences and their processes in producing work for young audiences and performers.

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Post-show discussions in the play development process - survey

Can you participate in an online survey exploring the effectiveness of post-show discussions in the play development process? Here's a message from WLPG member Teresa Fisher:

'Hello! As an arts administrator working primarily in the development of new scripts for young audiences, I am very interested in how that process best works for the benefit of all invested in developing strong and relevant scripts. To that end, I have designed a research study to explore the effectiveness of post-show discussions in the play development process. I am focusing on the creative team – playwright, director, and dramaturge in this study.

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Launch of LabWorks at the New Victory Theatre - toward developing new work

Recently launched - the New Vic's LabWorks program to help develop new work for young audiences - the first show out of the gate is Finegan Kruckemeyer's The Boy at the Edge of Everything from Trusty Sidekick in New York, which had its first reading at the Kennedy Center's New Visions/New Voices 2012.

Read more about it on the theatre's blog.


Finalists for 'Write Now' play development workshop announced

Write Local. Play Global. congratulates Miriam Gonzalez, Jonathan Graham, Nicholas Kryah, and Andrew Morton, the 2013 finalists for WRITE NOW. 

This important program is a re-envisioning of The Bonderman Symposium, and its goals are

  • Supporting the work of emerging and established playwrights through a biennial national competition and process-focused workshop
  • Engaging a broad representation of the TYA field in an ongoing conversation about new play development
  • Creating a stronger environment for new work by fostering connections and collaborations
  • Cultivating a common language of shared values about new work from the perspectives of playwrights, producers, community stakeholders, and academia.

Read more about the 2013 Finalists and their play s here.

Click here for the WRITE NOW website.


Resource for playwrights: play submissions helper blog

Check out this free resource with lots of listings:

Play Submissions Helper