Friday, March 24, 2017

Junior High School finalists notified

Junior HS finalists (grades 7-9) have been notified via the email address provided with the script submission in January. Please note that if you submitted a script as a classroom project that the notice may have been sent to your teacher. Finalists will have until April 6 @ 11:59 PM to make any revisions to their script and re-submit it for final consideration by our selection panel.

Elementary finalists will be notified by the end of next week.

Our selection panel for Junior HS and Elementary plays will meet at the end of April and we will notify the playwrights whose plays will be presented at the festival by April 30th. Thank you!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Selecting finalists

UPDATED March 23rd -

We have now begun to prepare to move the Junior HS division of the NJYPF into the final round. Playwrights whose scripts have advanced to this level will be notified by email late tonight. Elementary playwrights will be notified late next week. We should have all of the festival scripts selected by the end of April and will make a formal announcement of the plays to be produced at that time. In the meantime, we will keep reading and keep you posted.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Update on NJYPF & Presenting the 31st annual Madison YPF

Festival judging has moved into the second round for each division. We expect to notify high school finalists this week, as well. In the meantime, we are turning our attention to our local playwrights with the 31st annual Madison Young Playwrights Festival. Actors from Writers Theatre of NJ will perform the following work at our partner school in Madison later this week. Congratulations to the playwrights!


Tuesday, February 28 
1:20 pm @ St. Vincent Martyr School
  • Into the Future by Ryan Carrell
  • Girl World, Boy World by Isabella Cerciello
  • Pesky Problems by Ciara Collins
Thursday, March 2
10:00 am @ Kings Road ES
  • The German Shepards vs. The Golden Retrievers by Macey Arnold
  • Day of the Zombies by William Marinovic
  • Kaboom by Jaya Pally
  • Stan, Super-Awesome Detective by Faiz Yasin
1:00 pm @ Madison Junior School
  • The Choice by Artha Abeysinghe
  • The Failure by Yanyan Li
  • Clash of Classes by Amelia Taylor
Friday, March 3
10:00 am @ Central Avenue ES
  • The Wish by Rebecca Elsner
  • The Mystery Man by Ava Vazquez
  • Three Kids and One Broken Vase by Camryn Morales
1:30 pm @ Torey J. Sabatini ES
  • The Worst Day Ever by Anuthra Abeysinghe
  • Newsflash! by Evan Breckman
  • Paint by Numbers by Ava Schlotterbeck
  • Robot House by Luke Sherman

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Contest Judging Underway for 2017

It has been two weeks since the extended submission deadline for the 2017 New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival and I am happy to report that the first round is well underway! We had a remarkable number of submissions this year with an increase from 2016.

Our new critique forms are speeding up the process and at least 1/3 of the total submissions have already been judged in the first round. The second round of readings will take us through the end of February, but I should be able to contact the finalists in the High School division (grades 10-12) by the end of that month. Junior HS and Elementary judging will take a bit longer, but those finalists should hear from me in March. To that end, please note that we ONLY contact those playwrights whose scripts have reached the final round. Finalists will have two weeks from the date of contact to do any revisions on the script before the final selection committee meets.

This is an exciting process and I am thrilled with how well things have run so far. I look forward to updating you again soon!