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City Theatre announces winners of 2015 Young Playwrights Contest


City Theatre has announced the six winners of its 2015 Young Playwrights Contest.

These winning playwrights will develop their scripts in collaboration with professional theatre artists in productions on City Theatre’s Hamburg Studio stage during the 16th annual Young Playwrights Festival, September 29 – October 9.

Middle School Winners:

The Bus Stop by Tara Marsh, Lincoln Junior-Senior High School

Central Park Days by Korey Grecek, Keystone Oaks Middle School

Top Hat by Kalin Jeffers, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12

High School Winners:

Glad You’re Here by Sasha Edwards, Washington High School

The Lord’s Prayer by Ciara Sing, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12

Orchids in Manhattan by Michelle Do, North Hills High School

In addition to producing the six winning plays, City Theatre will also feature readings of four plays that were selected as 2015 Young Playwrights Contest “Honorable Mentions,” as follows:

Cubicles by Kaitlyn Sharkey, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School

 The Fairy Tale Detective by Siddarth Madala, North Allegheny Intermediate High School

 Thanksgiving at Denny’s By Maya Frizzell, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12

‘til Death Do Us Part by Sarah Scheid, Shady Side Academy

The winning and honorable mention one-act plays were selected from a record number of more than 350 Young Playwrights Contest submissions. Students in grades 7–12 from schools in Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia are eligible to participate.

Each script is read by at least two members of the Literary Committee, comprised of 50 local and national theatre professionals. All writers who submit scripts receive constructive criticism and encouraging suggestions for continued revisions.

“Young Playwrights encourages student writers to make their voices heard and to take ownership of their work in a professional, artistic environment,” says Kristen Link, City Theatre’s director of education and accessibility. “Through our playwriting program, students not only learn a new craft, but also discover different ways to think critically, connect with their peers, and form relationships within the local theatre community.”

“Each year it is a joy to see the incredibly imaginative and strikingly diverse work submitted to the Young Playwrights Festival,” says Clare Drobot, director of new play development at city.

“Selected from a wonderfully strong pool of applicants, the six winning scripts will take audiences from the Roaring Twenties in Manhattan to present day small town Pennsylvania. The plays tackle an array of subject matter including keeping a small restaurant afloat in trying economic times, familial strife, love, death, and bank robberies. There is even a play without any dialogue!”

Young Playwrights Festival tickets will go on sale September 8, online at or by phone at: 412-431-CITY (2489). The full festival schedule will be announced in August.


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