2011 Best Playwrights' Festival

What happens when a professional theater company produces 45 plays written by young playwrights?

 

See how the New York Times, NY1, The Huffington Post, and other major outlets answer that question!

 

All plays written at Writopia Lab--whether written by preschoolers or high school seniors--this school year will be professionally produced in the theater district in May as part of our 2012 Worldwide Plays Festival. We welcome your young writer to become one of Writopia's resident playwrights as part of his or her winter workshop experience. Make sure he or she has told his or her workshop leader that he'd like to take part.

 

Say What? That's right:

  • A panel of outside judges will select 25 Writopia plays to produce at an Off-Broadway theater in May.

  • In addition, every single play that is seriously workshopped at Writopia Lab will be produced within a series of staged readings in the theater district in the spring.

This means that all plays seriously workshopped this school year will be performed by professional actors, directed by celebrated directors, and produced in exciting venues!

 

How Did this Amazing Thing Happen?

David Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants Inc., began funding our annual festival last year. David Letterman has again granted us $50,000 to produce our writers' poignant, entertaining, and sometimes hilarious works!

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May 8 to May 13

45th Street Theatre
354 West 45th Street

 

 

May 15 to May 20

59E59 Theaters, Studio A
59 East 59th Street

 

For the first time, Writopia has opened the festival to writers beyond Writopia throughout the tri-state area. Writopia received 115 submissions and has chosen seven pieces to produce on Sunday, 5/22, the last day of the festival. At the culmination of this event, we will hold an award ceremony at which we will recognize those seven winners and the 12 runners up, and host a panel discussion where you will be able to ask established playwrights (including Chris Shinn and Bekah Brunstetter) your own questions.

Winners and runners up were notified via email on April 29th, and will be listed on our website soon. All playwrights will receive notification and critiques of their plays within the next week.


Highlights

  • Hiphop artist Stalley, recently signed to Warner Music, will be performing a "Writopia Poetry Mash Up" on closing night!
  • Our playwrights include 2011 Scholastic Awards' National Gold Medalists, and the top winners of several other prestegious competitions.
  • Our directors include: Terry Berliner (resident director of The Lion King); Kevin R. Free (One of the NYTheatre.com 15 people of 2010, because of his “outstanding and noteworthy contributions to the New York theatre scene.”)

2011 Playwrights' Festival Theater Company

Led by Artistic Director Dan Kitrosser, the 2011 Playwrights' Festival Theater Company includes well-known directors, including the Lion King's Terry Berlin, as well as professional actors and designers.

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What is Writopia Lab?

Writopia Lab is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in New York City in April of 2007. We run creative writing workshops for kids ages 8 to 18. All of our workshops have a maximum of six students and are led by a published writer who has been fully trained in our time-tested methodology. In each of the past three years, more kids from Writopia Lab have been recognized on both the regional and national levels by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards than from any other school in the nation. Also, in 2008, 2009, and 2010 our students have won multiple "Best Play" awards from Stephen Sondheim's Write A Play! festival.

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If you have any questions, please email or call us at (212) 222-4088.

 

What is Writopia Lab?

Writopia Lab is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in New York City in April of 2007. We run creative writing workshops for kids ages 8 to 18. All of our workshops have a maximum of six students and are led by a published writer who has been fully trained in our time-tested methodology. In each of the past three years, more kids from Writopia Lab have been recognized on both the regional and national levels by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards than from any other school in the nation. Also, in 2008, 2009, and 2010 our students won multiple "Best Play" awards in Stephen Sondheim's Write A Play! festival.