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DYPF 2024 Performance and Recognition Night
Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m.

2023-2024 DYPF Theme:

“Historical moments are created by historical opportunities.” 
--Coach Benjamin “Pops” Coffey, from Layon Gray’s Kings of Harlem

Delaware Theatre Company is pleased to announce the 2023-2024 DYPF Winners and Honorable Mentions.  
They are as follows: 

The 2023-2024 DYPF Winners: 
You Remind Me by Amara Harrison of Charter School of Wilmington
Frame 313 by Mia Trotter of Appoquinimink High School
Hatshepsuts Djed by Valentine Logan of William Penn High School
Best Friends by Darby Ann Tisdel of MOT Charter High School
Splinter by Emily Howard of Charter School of Wilmington

Honorable Mentions:
Sip of Faith by Keiry Oquendo of Cab Calloway School of the Arts
A Good Day for Firsts by Jamie Olvera of Cape Henlopen High School
The Journal by Mackenzie Zoccolillo of St. Elizabeth High School
What Are We? by Scott Harbeson of MOT Charter High School
Go Away by Natalie Fannin of Charter School of Wilmington
Geriatric Jedi Showdown by John Schiller of Charter School of Wilmington
Romeo & Juliet: Remastered by Felicia Vitelli of St. Elizabeth High School

Congratulations to these playwrights, and to all who participated in this year's DYPF! Thank you and your students for your participation in this year's DYPF--

we were thrilled with the level of interest and the exciting content of the plays!

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2024 DYPF Winners on Performance Night 

Left to Right: Amara Harrison, Emily Howard, Mia Trotter, Valentine Logan, Darby Ann Tisdel

The mission of Delaware Theatre Company's DYPF is to provide students with an authentic audience for their creative writing and teachers with an innovative literacy program. Guided by passion and  professionalism, DYPF uses educational resources, interactive workshops, personal feedback to every playwright, and public performances to engage students in the art of theatre through the act of writing a play. Both competitive and cooperative, DYPF fosters, respects, and celebrates the voices of young writers. 

finalist workshop
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winners cake 19 20
billie rose speaks to group
workshop watching scene
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I would absolutely suggest this program to other playwrights, as this experience has helped me to gain more insight into the process of writing, and what to keep in mind while developing characters and plots. This opportunity is a great chance to get to learn more about further analyzation of your stories. Getting to see it live in front of you, with the way that actors portray the characters, gives you, as the writer, a different take on who they can become through the actor's abilities.”

– Jordan, student playwright, Aquinas Academy

DYPF is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.  The Division promotes Delaware arts events on  

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