Select plays will be chosen for further development and a public reading at Premiere Stages at Kean University in May and as part of Playwrights Theatre’s Annual Forum Reading Series in December. For complete details and submission guidelines, visit www.njypf.org, or contact Jim DeVivo, Direction of Education at 973-514-1787 X14 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the New Jersey Young Playwrights Blog at http://njyoungplaywrights.blogspot.com/
There may be up to three winners in each division. High School winners receive a New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education, cosponsored by the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership and the New Jersey Department of Education. Winning playwrights who individually write their play (i.e. without a co-author) may be eligible to receive a scholarship to attend Camp Premiere, the summer theatre program at Premiere Stages. Elementary and Junior High School award recipients will receive Certificates of Achievement.
For over 29 years, the New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest has been deepening the writing experience for young writers by providing entrants with detailed feedback from theatre professionals about their play. For the seventh year in a row, winning plays will be presented in May 2012 as staged readings with professional actors and directors during the New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival, a partnership between Playwrights Theatre and Premiere Stages at Kean University. Admission to the readings is free, but reservations are suggested, as seating is limited.
Two former New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest winners, Mary Hamilton and Judah Skoff, have continued their playwriting careers. Mary Hamilton is originally from Brielle, NJ. She received a B.A. in English from Rutgers University, and was a 2009 recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship, completing her final year in the University of Iowa’s Playwrights Workshop. She has had productions in Edinburgh and Iowa City, and staged readings in New Brunswick NJ, NYC, Australia, and Iowa City. She participated in the WordBRIDGE Playwriting Conference in 2008, Young Playwright’s, Incorporated in 2002, and received the New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education in 2000 and 2001 (she won the contest two years in a row). She was recently named as one of six finalists for the 2012 Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship.
"Winning the New Jersey Playwrights Contest gave me the confidence to pursue my playwriting dreams, and I haven't stopped since,” said Judah Skoff. Immediately after winning New Jersey, I won the National Playwriting Competition, sponsored by Young Playwrights Inc. I went to Brown University to study English and writing. Most recently, my new play, A MATTER OF DREAMS, was named winner of the 2012 New Jersey Playwrights Contest and it will have a world premiere production at the Hunziker Black Box Theatre in April. It, along with two of my other new plays, had their first readings in the Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey's FORUM Series. My association with Playwrights Theatre, going back to the New Jersey Playwrights Contest, truly has made all the difference. I owe them the world."
For more information about the New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival, Playwrights Theatre’s Creative Arts Academy or Playwrights Theatre’s New Jersey Writers Project, please visit www.ptnj.org or call (973) 514-1787.
Playwrights Theatre’s New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest receives generous funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; and Travelers Foundation, Bank of America, Investors Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, PSE&G, The Bay and Paul Foundation and the Provident Bank Foundation. The New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival and New Jersey Young Playwrights Program are registered to the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
About Playwrights Theatre:
Founded in 1986, Playwrights Theatre is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit professional theatre and arts education institution dedicated to developing and nurturing the dramatic imagination of artists, students, and audiences. Our New Play Program creates development opportunities for professional writers through readings, workshops and productions, and invites audiences to participate in authentic feedback experiences. Our New Jersey Writers Project, Poetry Out Loud, New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest and Festival, and Creative Arts Academy programs provide a comprehensive and hands-on arts education experience to over 31,000 students, Pre-K through adult.
Writers in the New Play Program are drawn from across the country, including our affiliation with the National New Play Network, a nation-wide group of theatres dedicated to the development and production of new work. Teaching Artists in our Education Programs are professional artists working in their field in the New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. From 2003-2012, we have been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (along with only four other theatres: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center and Paper Mill Playhouse) as “an anchor institution that contributes vitally to the quality of life in New Jersey.”
Funding for our activities comes from: the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc., Bank of America, the Bay and Paul Foundation, The Bickford Foundation, Dramatist Guild Fund, Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, The Prudential Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Novartis, The Victoria Foundation, and many corporations, foundations and individuals.
Playwrights Theatre is a member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the National New Play Network, and Madison Arts & Culture Alliance.
About Premiere Stages:
Premiere Stages is committed to serving the cultural needs of the Kean University campus community and the northern and central New Jersey regions through the production of premiere Equity productions, professional development and training programs and the cultivation of emerging artists. In a time when the majority of theatres are producing revivals, Premiere Stages is committed to ensuring that emerging artists are afforded the opportunity to have their work developed and produced in a safe and nurturing environment. Premiere Stages is a model professional university program, actively engaging and enhancing the specialized training programs at Kean University while embracing and serving a culturally diverse audience, children-at-
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Playwrights Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre comprised of playwrights, theatre artists, and arts educators. We provide opportunities for writers to develop their works in a nurturing environment and connect with new audiences.