The Delaware Young Playwrights Festival (DYPF) is a program designed to provide an outlet for DE students grades 8-12 to get the professional playwright treatment! From standards-based feedback on first-round drafts to thorough workshops with industry professionals, playwrights selected in DTC's festival bring their ideas from page to stage. 

This season's DYPF will kick off with a workshop at DTC on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 at 9:30am. Even if you're unable to attend, you can still write! Contact the Education Department to receive a logistics packet by emailing

2018/2019 DYPF WINNERS

Delaware Theatre Company is pleased to announce the five finalist plays and playwrights in the 2018-2019 Delaware Young Playwrights Festival!


  • Season 9, Episode 8 by Jordyn Flaherty, Charter School of Wilmington

  • In All Honesty by Jalyn Horhn, MOT Charter High School

  • (A Little Bit) of the Book of Exodus by Tristen Hudson, St. Elizabeth School

  • Senior Year Shakespeare by John Morrison, St. Elizabeth School

  • Star Signs and Book Shops by Madelyn Thomas, St. Elizabeth School



The five playwrights of these plays were selected as finalists in the 2018-2019 Delaware Young Playwrights Festival (DYPF). These finalists then participated in a series of playwriting workshops with professional theatre artists from Delaware Theatre Company to further refine their writing and ready their works for a public showcase performance. Their work was finally on display on March 7, 2019 on the DTC stage. 

The following plays/playwrights were those named as Honorable Mentions:

     • Brain Teaser by Maureen Carroll, Ursuline Academy

     • Uncertainty by Skylar Hass, Smyrna High School

     • Phone Booth by Michael Hahn, Charter School of Wilmington

     • Writing the Play by Zachary Hitchens, Cab Calloway School of the Arts

     • Indecision by Ellen Schlecht, Ursuline Academy

     • Illuminate by Allison Ziegler, Charter School of Wilmington

I would certainly recommend this program to other students or aspiring playwrights. These five workshops [were] extraordinarily helpful in improving my writing skills. Delaware Theatre Company offers a rare, invaluable opportunity to nourish one's creativity. The level of interest and commitment that DTC incorporates into this program is truly admirable and inspiring.

–Athira, student playwright

Delaware Young Playwrights Festival is generously supported by:

Laffey-McHugh Foundation

This organization is supported, 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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