Young Playwrights for Change

OCT is proud to host the Oregon chapter of Young Playwrights for Change, a national playwrighting competition for middle-schoolers.



What would you change about the world?

Young Playwrights for Change: A Staged Reading
Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 4pm
YP Studio Theater, 1939 NE Sandy Blvd.

Join us for a staged reading by OCT’s Young Professionals Company, celebrating our six 2015-16 playwrights. Tickets are complimentary.

First Place and Winner of the national Young Playwrights for Change contest
•    MJ Sasse, Wartorn, da Vinci Middle School
2015-16 Finalists
•    Eilish Koch, It's Just Begun, Cesar Chavez K-8
•    Ainsley Leof, lol k, da Vinci Middle School
•    Thisby Loomis, Park Bench, da Vinci Middle School
•    Alex Silva, Under an Overpass, Salmon Bay Middle School
•    Kai Tomizawa, Different But Mostly Same, Beaumont Middle School

About Young Playwrights for Change

Oregon Children’s Theatre’s annual playwriting contest for middle schoolers invites students to submit original 10-minute plays on a rotating theme connected to social change. Six finalists are chosen to be mentored by local professional playwrights to revise and craft their scripts, and one winner’s play is submitted to the national Young Playwrights for Change program. All six finalists’ scripts are performed in a staged reading featuring OCT’s Young Professionals. OCT also makes all Young Playwrights for Change scripts available for download for educational use. 

About the National Contest

OCT's contest is a regional contest of the national Young Playwrights for Change program, hosted by Theatre for Young Audiences USA and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Theaters, schools, and organizations across the country submit a winning play to Young Playwrights for Change, to win a free trip to see their play performed at a staged reading in front of an audience. All scripts are also published in a print anthology. Learn more about the national contest here.


Visit the Theatre for Young Audiences USA website

Download Young Playwrights for Change scripts!

Questions about OCT's Young Playwrights for Change program? Contact us!