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DYPF 2023 Performance and Recognition Night
Thursday, March 2
7:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is general admission. 

After receiving 58 new plays from 64 playwrights representing nine schools throughout the state, Delaware Theatre Company is pleased to announce the five winning plays and playwrights for the 2022-2023 Delaware Young Playwrights Festival!

Congratulations to our 2022-2023 DYPF Finalists!

The Ladder Escape by Morgan Baker of William Penn High School
Happy New Day by Danielle Chapman of St. Elizabeth High School
Football Practice by Mackenzie Lane of Charter School of Wilmington
Hope Prevails by Lauren MacAllister of St. Elizabeth High School
One of Us by Jane Oommen of Charter School of Wilmington

These five playwrights will take part in a series of weekend workshops with DTC theatre artists to help them refine their work in anticipation of a live performance. The finalists' work will be produced – adding professional set, costume, lighting, sound, and props design – and presented on the DTC stage on Thursday, March 2, 2023. The presentation will be followed by a ceremony announcing additional honors, awards, and acknowledgements for all playwrights who participated in DYPF this year.


Though not selected as finalists, five other plays and their playwrights are recognized with an honorable mention for the merits of their work.

DYPF Honorable Mention Plays 2022-2023

Lifting Up Others by Spencer Camlin of Sussex Central High School
Reconnected by Emily Howard of Charter School of Wilmington
Shattered Spirals by Sayuri Karnik of MOT Charter High School
The Haunted Christmas by Alexia Nadel of Cab Calloway School of the Arts
Jammed by Felicia Vitelli of St. Elizabeth High School.

Congratulations to the finalists, the honorable mentions, and all of the playwrights who participated in this year's DYPF!  We look forward to seeing everyone at the DYPF Awards and Recognition Night on March 2nd!


Left to Right: Dustin Taylor, Adriana Fannin, Mallory Murphy, Jordan Brady, and Danielle Chapman

2022 DYPF Winners on Performance Night 

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
stage 19 20
winners cake 19 20
billie rose speaks to group
workshop watching scene
winners stage 19 20

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  

DYPF is funded in part by a grant from Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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