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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.



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


On adapting a sprawling young adult novel about the Civil War

WLPG member playwright Tom Isbell talks about adapting Rodman Philbrick's Newbery Honor Book 'The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg.

Video interview with Tom



Readings of new plays for young audiences in Cape Town

Two new plays created from very exciting 'Inspiring a Generation' program, a collaborative project between Theater Arts Admin Collective and ASSITEJ South Africa

More information on ASSITEJ South Africa's Facebook page


The Path (Lindsay Price, USA) 

I am a professional playwright. I make a living writing plays. But I haven’t had a professional production in seven years. I write plays for the school market and student performers.
For many years I avoided saying the above out loud, in public. “I write for the school market.” I didn’t want to admit to the kind of plays I write because I felt there was the stigma to writing for youth. For kids. It’s not real writing. It’s not writing “real” plays.

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CINARS honors Suzanne Lebeau

During the evening event marking the opening of its biennale, the Confénce internationale des arts de la scè (CINARS) celebrated the extraordinary international career of playwright Suzanne Lebeau, who has devoted her professional life to the theatre and young audiences, by awarding her its Prix hommage. Suzanne Lebeau is among the most-performed Quebec playwrights throughout the world, with more than 140 productions on five continents and a repertoire translated into 20 languages.

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The PlayGround Theatre rebranded as Miami Theater Center

After eight successful years of producing live theater for South Florida children, The PlayGround Theatre and founding artistic director Stephanie Ansin announced the rebranding of the company as Miami Theater Center (MTC). Defining the new direction as MTC assumes new challenges, Ansin plans to expand its programming to include a variety of live performances, film series and educational programs for children and adults. An official launch of the expanded company is planned for the fall as it kicks off the 2012-13 season.

“Many South Florida children have grown up going to PlayGround Theatre shows,” said Ansin. “As we raise the bar to the next level organizationally and artistically under MTC, we continue our mission by offering our community the opportunity to make the arts a major part of their lives well into adulthood. With the evolution of MTC we look forward to contributing to Miami’s cultural expansion and to making a serious impact on the city’s artistic evolution.” 

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Theatre Centre launches skylines; a national programme for playwrights writing for young audiences (UK)

Natalie Wilson, Theatre Artistic Director introducing Skylines (credit: Camilla Greenwell)Saturday 8 September marked the launch of Skylines; a national professional development programme for playwrights wanting to write for young audiences. Over 40 participants, facilitators and Theatre Centre staff attended the Skylines Gathering at Platform, Islington in London to meet, discuss and debate around the theme of writing for young audiences.

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Call for TYA Scripts from The Growing Stage, The Children's Theatre of New Jersey

Our Playwright Series 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 2012/2013 season. 

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