DTC is thrilled to bring back the Delaware Young Playwrights Festival for another exciting year of fostering the development of the next generation of playwrights!


DYPF invites Delaware students in grades 8-12 to write a play based on a theme inspired by one of Delaware Theatre Company's productions. Students may enter DYPF on their own or through their school, and teachers may choose to enter individual students or entire groups or classes of students into the festival. DTC provides interactive workshops and writing guides to help teachers and students with the playwriting process. After submitting their first drafts to DTC, students receive personalized feedback from a professional theatre artist about their plays, and students may then revise and resubmit their plays to be considered for the competition round, from which a group of finalists will be selected who will have their plays workshopped and performed by professional theatre artists on the DTC stage.


For more information or to register, email Allie Steele, Associate Director of Education, at asteele@delawaretheatre.org

The 2021-2022 DYPF Theme:


This year's theme is inspired by this quotation from DTC’s upcoming production of the new musical Other World by Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen, and Ann McNamee.


“I believe in the possibility of possibilities.”

--Myra, Other World

The 2021-2022 DYPF Thematic Challenge:


Write a play in which a character explores an avenue of possibility when taking on a challenge or obstacle that on its surface seems insurmountable.  The play must be a two-character play that is 5-10 pages in length.  

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. 

Congratulations to our 2020-2021 DYPF FINALISTS!

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DYPF 2020-2021 Winning Playwrights

Top Row:  Delaney Burnham (St. Mark's High School, Stressed Out), Trinity Hunt
(Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Writing Between the Lines)

Middle Row:  Nikolas Mandalas (Dover High School, Cabin Fever), Lana Savage
(MOT Charter High School, A Conversation with my Younger Self)

Bottom Row:  Felicia Vitelli (St. Elizabeth School, Brown Paper Bags), Amya Costango (MOT Charter High School, When the Morning Comes)

Honorable Mention Plays:


Forwards but Backwards by Eric Ducos of Middletown High School

The Grey Room by Katey Megginson of Sussex Central High School

I Don't Like It Here by Grace Nardo of MOT Charter High School

Meeting at the Crossroads by Ashlyn Moore of Cape Henlopen High School

The Party by Irvin Mayfield of Charter School of Wilmington

Returning Home by Owen Kanienberg of St. Mark's High School

Sometimes It's OK Not to Be OK by Emma Kelso of Charter School of Wilmington

Congratulations to our Finalist and Honorable Mention Playwrights!  

DTC is thrilled to share the news that 62 playwrights from 11 schools from all three counties entered in this year's Delaware Young Playwrights Festival, adding fifty-seven new plays to the world of theatre! Congratulations to all for meeting the challenge of writing an original play for this year's DYPF theme! 


For more information about DYPF, contact Director of Education Johanna Schloss at johannaschloss@delawaretheatre.org.

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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

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 www.DelawareScene.com.  

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