YOUR PLAY YOUR WAY: SLAMS AND GAMES by Jeff Jenkins & Anne Negri

As TYA playwrights, we are always looking for ways to get our work noticed. We enter competitions, ask friends and family to read our scripts, send our plays to networking contacts, and hope that someone sees something special in our writing. In addition to the more traditional methods, there are a few unique opportunities for playwrights to share their work in a more immediate, high-energy, risk-taking, yet satisfying fashion. 

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Results of 2nd African Playwriting Competition

The ASSITEJ African Playwriting Competition seeks to nurture and identify new plays written by South African and African writers which will resonate with South African and African audiences from 0 - 19. The winning play will be produced and presented at the Cradle of Creativity 2019, a Biennial International Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences in South Africa to be held at the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town from 20 to 25 August 2019.

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Dramaturgy under the stars/Dramaturgie sous les étoiles by Karin Serres

Every year, since 1986, Children’s Art Center in Poznan, Poland, led by Jerzy Moszkowicz, organizes a competition of theatre plays for young audiences, open to everyone. Along with having their play published in the Anthology Nowe Sztuki dla Dzieci i Młodzieży (new plays for children and youth) which is sent to polish theatres (44 books since 1992), the winners have the opportunity to be invited to the annual workshop about playwriting for young audiences organized by the Children’s Art Center and led by Zbigniew Rudziński, its TYA responsible, at Obrzycko, a small city nearby, along with some directors, theatre heads, reviewers and famous artists from the live performances world.

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US Playwright Allyson Currin on Writing for Young Audiences

I have only written four plays for young audiences, actually, the first two (for The Kennedy Center and Imagination Stage) as simultaneous commissioned pieces. I find it fascinating that my playwriting immediately after those two projects got exponentially better. I learned so much from writing for young audiences because you have to write cleanly and leanly.

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WLPG Report to the ASSITEJ General Assembly - May 22, 2017, Cape Town

Given by Jenny Ann Koppera and Karin Serres

Description of network

A network designed to support, integrate, connect and give voice to international playwrights into the organization of ASSITEJ and into the field of Theatre for Young Audiences

Open to all theatre practitioners – not just playwrights – interested international TYA writings.  Your writings and presentations are welcome in English and any other mother languages.

We now have a newsletter and a website including a list of participant biographies, pertinent articles, and global networking opportunities.

Join us on our social media – Facebook, twitter, & Instagram.

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ASSITEJ and WLPG in Cameroon - the Shaping Stories workshops

A great and promising first workshop called “Shaping Stories” has taken place in November 2016, in the context of FATEJ (African Theatre Festival for Children and Youth), as one of the first two regional workshops created by ASSITEJ International, with the support of WLPG. It has launched the development of a new TYA playwriting network gathering professionals from across Africa.

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