Congratulations to our 2020-2021 DYPF 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! 

Announcing the 2020-2021 Finalist Plays: 

Brown Paper Bags by Felicia Vitelli of St. Elizabeth School

Cabin Fever by Nikolas Mandalas of Dover High School

A Conversation with my Younger Self by Lana Savage of MOT Charter High School

Stressed Out by Delaney Burnham of St. Mark's High School

When the Morning Comes by Amya Costango of MOT Charter High School

Writing Between the Lines by Trinity Hunt of Cab Calloway School of the Arts

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!  

All playwrights will be honored at this year's DYPF Live Online Virtual Performance and Recognition Night on March 11, 2021!  

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

​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.



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