For Immediate Release 
March 18, 2015


Indianapolis— Young Playwrights in Process (YPiP), an annual statewide playwriting competition for students in grades 6-12, encourages junior high and high school students to create plays for live theatre that reflect and challenge their world. The Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) welcomes six finalists of more than 125 participating students to the semi-finalist weekend on March 27th.

The three high school semi-finalists are Michael Muldowny (Carmel), Safwan Khatib (Indianapolis) and Anna Lasbury (Carmel). The three middle school semi-finalists are Graham Keele (Columbus), Helen Rumsey (Columbus) and Grace Want (Columbus).

“What I personally love about YPiP is that it gives young people the artistic freedom and power to write about what they want to write about, creating a unique celebration that showcases not only talent and hard work, but also courage, uncanny wisdom, and genuine surprise,” said James Still, IRT’s Playwright in-residence.

During semi-finalist weekend, students will have the opportunity to work alongside IRT professional staff and actors to develop their script and learn from Diana Grisanti, a Louisville native, accomplished playwright and 2010 nominee for the Wasserstein Prize.

Grisanti’s accomplishments include her play Semantics being named finalist for the Lark Playwrights' Week and the New Harmony Project, as well as a semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Further, her adaptations of 1,001 Nights and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland were commissioned and produced by Walden Theatre, a conservatory for young actors.

“I'm thrilled to be able to work with these talented YPiP writers,” said Grisanti. “Their work is savvy and fearless, full of both big ideas and small moments.”

Once the semi-finalists have fine-tuned their play for Finalist Selection, the YPiP Committee will select two finalists (one middle school and one high school) who will win a workshop of their play, and a full public, professional reading at the finalist weekend event and reception in May.

Both finalists will win $1,000 and a full scholarship to the IRT Summer Conservatory. Semi-finalists will receive a half scholarship to the IRT Summer Conservatory.

The finalist event, free to the public, will be held in the IRT Cabaret. Inquiries about attending can be directed to Courtney Sale, IRT’s Associate Artistic Director at 317-916- 4845. 

Founded in 1972, the IRT is the largest and fully professional not-for-profit theatre in the state and has grown into one of the leading regional theatres in the country. The mission of IRT is to produce top-quality, professional theatre and related activities, providing experiences that will engage, surprise, challenge and entertain people throughout their lifetimes, helping us build a vital and vibrant community.