Delaware Theatre Company thanks everyone who supported the 2020-2021 Delaware Young Playwrights Festival (DYPF) during these unique circumstances.

The actors, staff, and students did and amazing job transitioning this signature annual festival to a virtual platform. The culminating event on Thursday, March 11, 2021 featured interviews with six playwrights, performances by professional actors of the winning plays, and awards and recognitions for all of our student playwrights who wrote for this year’s DYPF!  

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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), Trinity Hunt (Cab Calloway School of the Arts)

Middle Row:  Nikolas Mandalas (Dover High School), Lana Savage (MOT Charter High School)

Bottom Row:  Felicia Vitelli (St. Elizabeth School), Amya Costango (MOT Charter High School)

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

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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

The 2019-2020 DYPF Winning Playwrights

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​The 2019-2020 DYPF Winners:  Lauren MacAllister (St. Elizabeth School); Bridgette A. Rivers (St. Elizabeth School), Nikolas Mandalas (Dover High School), Melody Fritz (Appoquinimink High School).  Not pictured, but also a winning playwright:  Zach Hitchens (Cab Calloway School of the Arts)

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.