Young Playwrights

Cultivating the next generation of playwrights
The Young Playwrights program is 24 sessions, 12 per semester, co-facilitated by a teaching artist and classroom teacher. Students attend Broadway and Off Broadway productions each semester to use as inspirational models. Each student works to develop a original piece. A selection of student work is presented in an Off Broadway venue or on-site at the school by professional actors at the end of the program. 

Number of participating students: 700
Number of participating schools: 10

How can my school participate?

The Young Playwrights program is offered at no cost to middle and high schools within the tri-state area. 
Interested classroom teachers should email and or call 212.912.9770, ext. *331.


In 2012, the program grew to include WORDlab. WORDlab is a year-long after school playwriting workshop with students from every borough. The ensemble meets weekly to continue writing and workshopping their original plays with NYC playwrights and professional actors. Their work is showcased each June.

in 2016, WORDlab playwrights submitted works in progress of original plays to a panel to be selected and given a one week professional workshop with a director, actors and industry feedback. This annual workshop is known as PLAYlab.

Read Original works by TDF WORDlab Students here.

Summer Playwriting Intensive

Open to graduates from the Young Playwrights program, or interested emerging playwrights, this two week-long summer playwriting intensive takes place in July. Scholarship recipients build on the skills learned in their school's Young Playwrights program by becoming part of an ensemble of selected student playwrights from the five boroughs. The intensive is facilitated by a professional playwright and teaching artist. The intensive culminates in a staged reading with theatre professionals. The ensemble attends two Broadway or Off Broadway productions and meets with invited guest artists.

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.