Young Playwrights Project

Online Performances Begin March 19, 2021!


Over the next month, four Bay Area schools will debut eight original 10-minute plays written by students, and directed, acted, and hosted by professional artists! Admission is free, simply click the links to view the live-broadcast webinars for each school.


Gunn High School

April 21, 2021 at 7:00pm

Click Here on April 21 at 7:00pm to view the presentation.

Written by Gunn High School Students: Darya Arad, Kerawin Heaney, Mishaal Hussain, Daniella Maor, Claire Morse, Quincy Rosenzweig, Vincent Tzi-Wei Schillings, Saman de Silva
Directed by: Nicole Meñez, Jeffrey Lo, Cara Phipps
Featuring: Sinjin Jones (Teaching Artist), and ensemble members Sonya Balsara, Carolina Đỗ*, Monique Hafen Adams*, Patrick Kelly Jones*, Dean Koya, David Lee Huynh*, Dezi Solèy, Lily Tung Crystal*

Hillsdale High School

This presentation occurred March 19, 2021 at 7:00pm

Written by Hillsdale High School Students: Ryan Catanzarita, Enzo Ferreira, Nicole Masarova, Caitlin Montenegro, Maya Sanchez, Andi Taylor, Anna Vanderford, JT Waugh
Directed by: Tessa Corrie, Katherine Hamilton
Featuring: Matthew Keuter (Teaching Artist), and ensemble members Mia Bernardino, Douglas Giorgis*, Amy Lizardo*, Hilary Maiberger*, Janel Miley*, Nican Robinson, Moira Stone*, Jomar Tagatac*, Hansel Tan*


Aragon High School

This presentation occurred on March 26, 2021 at 7:00pm

Written by Aragon High School Students: Quinn Craig, John Henderson, Claire Freeman, Rohan Kumar, Diana Martinez, Nicholas Schick, Ava Tolmasoff, Kamaile Zimmerman

Directed by: Kieran Beccia, Tessa Corrie

Featuring: Joanna Glum (Teaching Artist), and Katy Habib, Brian Herndon*, Steven Ho*, Brandon Leland*, Amy Lizardo*, Nican Robinson, Dana Soliman, Jomar Tagatac*, Rosanna Wyant



Burlingame High School

This presentation occurred on March 29, 2021 at 7:00pm

Written by Burlingame High School Students: Kate Christian, Aideen Delahunt, Jessica Fleming, Saanvi Jain, Julia Li, Megan Sullivan, Lila Sutherlin, Helen Zhan

Directed by: Emily Jackson, Francisco Rodriguez

Featuring: Sinjin Jones (Teaching Artist), and David Lee Huynh*, Nicole Analise Javier*, Carina Lastimosa, Sean Okuniewicz*, Leigh Rondon-Davis, Michelle Skinner, Kezia Waters


* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Registration for the 2020-21 school year is now closed. However, if you are interested in bringing this project to your classroom in the future, please contact us at:



What is the Young Playwrights Project?



Write. Rehearse. Perform.

Give your students the opportunity to write their stories in their own voice, regardless of experience in theatre. While working with professional theatre artists, students further develop their writing skills. With ongoing revision and reflection, students strengthen these skills in providing and receiving critical feedback.

The Process

During the first month:

  • A professional theatre artist works with students to build skills in character creation, dialogue development, and scene and story structure
  • Students learn the standard practice for script writing
  • Students learn to give and receive critical feedback
  • Each student writes an original 10-minute one-act play

During the second month:

  • The classroom teacher and theatre artist choose 6 – 8 scripts for further development
  • These students continue to hone their script and deepen their storytelling skills
  • On the last day professional directors and actors bring students’ pieces to life for a presentation friends, family, and school community.


Click Here to Download our Young Playwrights Project Overview.


The History

Since its inception in 1999, alumni of the Young Playwrights Project have:

  • Gone on to study playwriting, screenwriting, television writing, and film production at such institutions as Wesleyan University, SUNY Purchase, New York University, Chapman University, and Loyola Marymount.
  • Garnered accolades from various writing competitions, including the California Young Playwrights Contest, the New Voices One-Act Competition for Young Writers, and the Austin Film Festival’s short screenplay contest.
  • Had their works produced by RecRoom’s New Works Festival in Houston, TX, and presented as part of the VSA Discovery Award Program’s Page-to-Stage Festival at the Kennedy Center.
  • Founded their own theatre companies, and returned to teach TheatreWorks’ Young Playwrights Project to the next generation of young writers.