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 yearlong 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 Group (YPG) is a free after-school playwriting workshop for high school students. The group meets weekly during the school year to write, see and experience dramatic writing. Teaching artist Noelle Ghoussaini runs YPG and leads participants in theatre and writing exercises, community-building activities, and crafting original plays, poems and other creative pieces. Completed works are performed by professional actors at the end of the school year. To see YPG in action, check out this online showcase from June 2020.

APPLY NOW! If you would like to join YPG, you need to be available on Thursday afternoons starting October 6 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for the full school year, with the exception of scheduled holidays. If you want to apply, please send the following to Noelle Ghoussaini at @ by Monday, October 3:

  • Your name, grade and school
  • A short essay on the topic: "Why I love writing…”
  • A three-to-10-page creative writing sample (ideally playwriting, but open to all creative writing).

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


The TDF Young Playwrights Summer Program is a free two-week playwriting intensive that is open to tri-state area high school students. We welcome those with a curiosity about playwriting to apply. Applications for summer 2022 are closed.

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