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

Young Playwrights


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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. Applications for summer 2019 are now closed.

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



The TDF Young Playwrights’ Group is a year-long after-school playwriting workshop for high school students. The group meets weekly to write, see and experience playwriting. Their work is showcased at the conclusion of the semester.

Young Playwrights see a show every month, work with guest artists, and write original plays that are showcased by professional actors. 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


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So you want to be a playwright?

Young Playwrights' Group (YPG) is a free intensive playwriting program for New York City public high school students, facilitated by TDF. Due to the pandemic, this semester YPG will meet via Zoom once a week, on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. starting on October 15.

Teaching artist Noelle Ghoussaini runs YPG and will lead participants in theatre and writing exercises, community-building activities, and crafting original plays, poems and other creative material. Completed works will be performed virtually by professional actors at the end of the semester.

To see YPG in action, check out this online showcase from June 2020.


If you're interested in applying to YPG, please email the following information to Noelle at by Thursday, October 8:

  • Your name, grade and school
  • A short essay on the topic: "Why I tell stories..."
  • A 5- to 10-page creative writing sample (ideally playwriting, but any creative writing will work)