Playwrights’ Festival

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Calling all 7th, 8th graders, High School students, and 65+ life-long learners with an interest in being a part of our upcoming Playwrights’ Festival! We will be hosting a FREE workshop this Saturday the 14th at Pendragon Theatre to help you get ready to put pen to paper and work on your submissions


Young and Young@Heart Playwright’s Festival and Workshops

WORKSHOPS at Pendragon November



DEADLINE for Submissions FEBRUARY 1st

Pendragon Theatre is looking for submissions for its annual Young Playwrights’ Festival and new endeavor, Young @Heart Playwright’s Festival, which will take
place at the theatre on April 2 & 3.

Calling all 7th grade, 8th grade, high school aged and 65+ playwrights! Playwrights across the Adirondack Park are being asked to submit original one-act plays
and musicals to be adjudicated by the Pendragon team for a chance to be presented on a professional stage. The winning playwrights will work with a creative
team composed of a director, dramaturg, designers, and actors to develop and stage the script. Students should expect a vibrant discussion of the work, a full
rehearsal with the artistic team, and opportunities to re-write their plays. The Festival culminates in a full performance of the winning plays and a script-in-hand
public reading of the runners-up In order to be eligible, plays must be between 10 and 30 pages long, and can be on the subject of your choosing! Co-writing with
other students is allowed. There are no fees to submit, and up to three plays per playwright/playwriting team may be submitted. Pendragon will contact Festival
Competition winners in early March.

Pendragon artists will work with interested writers and/or classes to present playwriting workshops. Two free workshops will be held at the theater on Saturday
November 14 and December 30 from 10-12pm. Come and learn playwriting basics through games and discussion and have your work given feedback from
our theater professionals. All ages tha

t qualify for contest welcome.

For more information, or to download the submission form, please visit our website at, call us at 518-891-1854 or email to

Pendragon Theatre is located at 15 Brandy Brook Ave, Saranac Lake, NY, 12983.






DEADLINE: Submissions must be postmarked OR e-mailed by February 1, 2016

FEES: There are no fees for submitting!

ELIGIBILITY: Playwrights must be in a high school or high school-aged and live in the Adirondack Park.
Co-written plays are allowed, provided all writers meet age requirement.

CONTENT: One-act original plays and musicals on ANY subject!

LIMIT: Up to 3 plays per playwright or playwright team.

FORMAT: All script pages must be numbered and printed (for mail submissions) on one side and unbound. Plays submitted
by e-mail MUST be in PDF format. Plays should be 10-30 pages. Submissions MUST include a Cover Sheet with the
following information:

  • Title of Play

  • Playwright’s Name

  • Playwright’s Date of Birth (with year)

  • Age

  • School Name

  • Teacher

Please include on a separate page:

  • E-Mail Address

  • Contact Phone Number

  • Mailing Address

NO RETURNS: Scripts will NOT be returned so please do not send any originals.

NOTIFICATION: We will contact Festival Competition winners in MARCH 2016.

PERFORMANCE: Winning plays will be performed in the Festival at Pendragon in April..

QUESTIONS: call 518-891-1854


Young Playwrights Festival

c/o Pendragon Theater

15 Brandy Brook Ave.

Saranac Lake, NY 12983


Send as PDF format with Play Title in Subject to:




And the 2015 winners are . . .




Middle School Runner-up: The 13th Gate by Jenna Morgan and Ryley Fischer. (Saranac Lake Middle School) Teacher Mrs. Reyell

Middle School Winner: True or False by Rosemary Crowley. (Saranac Lake Middle School) Teacher Mr. Carlisto

High School Runner-Up: Sticks by Sawyer T. Chase III (Saranac Lake High School)

High School Winner: Blackout by Sophie Morelli (Lake Placid High School), Witter Swanson and Silas Swanson (Saranac Lake High School)

Honorable Mentions: Here’s Jessie by Rachel Clements (Home School) and Voices by Tanner Stanton (Lake Placid High School) Teacher Mr. Gotham

For more information contact Pendragon Theatre at 518.891.1854 or

YPF is underwritten in part by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation dedicated to
improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park.




2014 Winner

ELMER by Witter Swanson

Witter Swanson
Playwright, Witter Swanson

TOdd Moe with students
Todd Moe from NCPR interviews Festival Attendees

Elmer w-Prisoner

Prisoner (Steve DeHond) and Elmer (Jason Amrhein)

YPF Judges

Fred Balzac, Karen Kirkham, Karen Lewis

Playwrighting Panel

Workshops at YPF 2014






OUR MISSION: Pendragon Theatre is an ensemble of artists, based in the Adirondacks, dedicated to preserving the vitality and enhancing the quality of professional theatre through year-round performance and educational programs. nysca