Founded in 1987 by Adele Magner, and led today by Executive Producing Director Glen Knapp, Philadelphia Young Playwrights is an award-winning program that taps the potential of youth and inspires learning through playwriting in more than 50 public and private K-12 schools each year. A leader in the region’s educational programs for youth and built upon its primary belief that all students have something important and valuable to say, Young Playwrights has enriched the Greater Philadelphia community, touching the lives of thousands of students, teachers and parents for the past twenty years. Since 1987, approximately 60 professional playwrights have led workshops, and nearly all of Philadelphia’s professional theater companies have participated by performing, producing, or directing student works. Nearly 60,000 students have seen peers’ work produced in class or by professionals. Young Playwrights’ Literary Committee includes more than 60 educators, writers, parents, and former Young Playwrights students who read and critique each student script. Young Playwrights has been recognized as a Champion in Action by Citizens Bank and is the past recipient of a 2005 Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre Education and Community Service, a 1997 Barrymore Award for Theatre Education, a 2003 George Bartol Award for Excellence in Arts Education, a national “Points of Light” designation, and a 2004 Eastern University Award for Nonprofit Excellence.
Philadelphia Young Playwrights 2010 Press Kit
The Philadelphia Young Playwrights 2010 Press Kit includes:
First person perspectives from the voices of Young Playwrights - students, teachers, and artists who are involved in the program including:
- Quiara Alegría Hudes, a Young Playwrights alumni, professional playwright and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist
- Aimee Leong, an 11th grade student in Philadelphia
- Ruth Aichenbaum, a teacher at William Penn Charter School and longtime participant in Young Playwrights programming
- Seth Rozin, Producing Artistic Director of InterAct Theatre Company
An outline of how the core program works
A history of Philadelphia Young Playwrights and the story of the organization’s founding
Statistics from the 2008-2009 Annual Report including student demographics
A list of the over 50 participating schools and program sites
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