Young Playwrights in Process

See your story brought to life! Young Playwrights in Process (YPiP) is an online playwriting competition hosted by the Indiana Repertory Theatre for Indiana students in grades 6-12. The competition was created by IRT in 2005 through the Margot L. and Robert S. Eccles Trust. YPiP encourages middle and high school students across Indiana to create plays that reflect and challenge their world.

This year, YPiP events will be done entirely online! All submissions, workshops, and events will take place virtually so we can connect with more students than ever before.


Thank you to all of the young playwrights from across Indiana that submitted their plays for the first round of YPiP!  All writers should have received feedback via email on their scripts.  For those playwrights who are moving on in the competition, here are the dates for the upcoming events!

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  • A selection of top playwrights are invited to our Next Level Workshop to work on revising their play and developing new playwriting skills.
  • Following the workshop, students will have two weeks to revise their plays and resubmit them. Resubmitted plays will be read by new theatre professionals who will give students specialized feedback and advice for additional revisions.

  • Six playwrights will be selected as semi-finalists.
  • Semi-finalists will be a part of our Semi-Finalist Weekend where they will hear their play read by professional actors and work one-on-one with directors and playwrights.
  • Playwrights from this round will take what they learned to revise their plays and resubmit them for a final round of feedback.  

  • Two playwrights will be selected as the finalist winners.
  • Finalists will rehearse with actors and directors for a professional reading of their play. Semi-finalists will have an excerpt from their play read by professional actors.
  • The two finalist will receive $1,000 each and four semi-finalists will receive $100 each. The finalists and sem-finalists will also receive a recording of their reading to share with friends and family!

Please note that to be eligible for semi-finals and finals, students MUST be available for all scheduled workshops and events (these will be virtual).


In addition to receiving a reading of their plays, the semi-finalist playwrights win $100 cash, and the finalist playwrights win $1,000 cash!