Young Playwrights

Ignite the spark for storytellers
TDF Young Playwrights is a series of sequential playwriting programs for middle and high school students.


The TDF Young Playwrights' Residency is a year-long collaboration between TDF and schools. Together we explore live performance as students craft original works that are shared as staged readings Off-Broadway. 

By the numbers: 700 students, 10 schools, 15 teachers, 27 classrooms, 646 individual workshops


The TDF Young Playwrights’ Summer program is a two-week playwriting intensive that is open to tri-state area high school students. We welcome those with a curiosity about playwriting to apply.

By the numbers:  12-15 students, 2 weeks of master classes


The TDF Young Playwrights’ Group is a year-long afterschool playwriting workshop for high school students who have been a part of the residency or summer programs. The group meets weekly to write, see and experience playwriting. Their work is showcased each June with professional actors in an Off Broadway theatre. 

Young Playwrights see a show every month, work with guest artists, and write original plays that are showcased throughout the year by professional actors. Playwrights receive a MetroCard to and from TDF. If you would like to join the ensemble, you need to be available on Thursday afternoons for the full school year, with the exception of scheduled holidays.

By the numbers:  12-15 student members, 24 individual workshops

Select Group members’ plays go on to be workshopped with a professional creative team and presented at an Off Broadway theatre.

Summer Teacher Intensive

Open to all New York City public school teachers, Summer Teacher Intensive explores a specific theatre discipline like playwriting, playmaking or directing. Summer Teacher Intensive is led by a teaching artist and selected guest artists who are experts in their field. Participants see two Broadway shows in the week long seminar to serve as inspiration and examples. TDF partners with the Department of Education to provide this training opportunity and teachers earn professional credits.