Young Playwrights in Process
Be inspired by writing! Young Playwrights in Process (YPIP) is an online playwriting competition 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 write, creating plays that reflect and challenge their world.
YPIP events will be done entirely online! All submissions, workshops, and events will take place virtually so we can continue to connect students across the state.
Young playwrights – if you have a story to tell, we want to read it! Submit your play to YPIP and have the chance to receive $1000!
Educators – you can include our lessons as a part of your curriculum! Read below to learn more.
HOw do I Participate?
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
- The deadline to submit your play is Tuesday, September 21st at 5:00pm.
- All submissions will receive an email with feedback from a theatre professional who read their play.
- A selection of top playwrights are invited to our Semi-Finals 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 Finalists.
Finalists will a part of our 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 Winners.
Winners will have their full play read by professional actors at the Virtual Celebration. Finalists will have an excerpt from their play read by professional actors.
The four Finalists and two Winners will receive their prizes and enjoy 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.
In addition to receiving a reading of their plays, the Finalist playwrights receive $250 cash, and the Winning playwrights receive $1000 cash! Finalists and Winners will also receive 4 tickets to any play for themselves and their families in the 2021-2022 season.
SPECIAL OFFER FOR TEACHERS!
If your classroom or home school co-op pledges to submit at least five (5) scripts to the YPiP program, we'll offer you a FREE Virtual Artist in the Classroom visit to help your young playwrights start or focus their pieces. For more details about this offer, contact IRT Education at email@example.com.