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National High School Playwright Competition

Your most profound words won’t be a one hundred and forty characters Tweet. Your best work won’t be a disappearing Snap. When so much of today’s world is fleeting, we’re here to help you leave your mark. We believe in young playwrights and their fresh ideas. Through the National High School Playwright Competition, we are thrilled to offer high school students an opportunity to workshop their original works in a creative and supportive environment.

Winners of the National High School Playwright Competition are invited to Sacred Heart University for an all expenses paid week of script development. You will receive instruction from industry professionals, including Tony-nominated Broadway producer Jerry Goehring. The creative process will include members of the Sacred Heart University Repertory Theatre as your cast and crew. Your week will culminate with a public performance of your work.

Discover your talents. Your story starts here.

Application Requirements

High School students must submit a cover letter, 500 word synopsis of their work, and two professional references to qualify for this competition. References can be guidance counselors, teachers, directors or someone who can attest to your ability as an artist.

“Thank you so much for giving me such an incredible experience at Sacred Heart. I’ll never forget my week in Fairfield. It was so amazing to workshop the play and develop it with the Sacred Heart Repertory company. This experience has been so valuable to me going forward with my writing, and I want to thank you for making an opportunity like this possible for young playwrights. I am so proud to have been part of Sacred Heart’s amazing theatre program.”

Charlotte McCombs, National High School Playwright Competition, 2017 Winner


PLAYWRIGHT WINNERS RECEIVE

Winners receive an all-expenses paid week long writing residency with an audience talk back at Sacred Heart University!
A in-depth mentorship with Tony-Nominated Broadway Producer, Jerry Goehring!
A public reading of your work by the SHU Repertory Company!

“I just wanted to thank you again for giving me the opportunity to come to Sacred Heart. Everyone was so welcoming and it was an incredibly collaborative experience where I really felt like I could be myself creatively. You all have really inspired me as a writer and given me the chance to see how a professional workshop is run. You have set up an amazing program, and I am deeply grateful for everything that you’ve done.”

W.K., National High School Playwright Competition, 2017 Winner

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