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10 Minute Play Contest


Young Playwrights

Palm Beach Dramaworks introduces our Young Playwrights Ten-Minute Play Contest and festival! Our goal is to introduce the joy of writing for the live theatre to young people, and to give teens a creative voice in expressing their thoughts and ideas. Our program encourages students to write about subjects that are meaningful to them, and to give you the educator tools to incorporate playwriting into your theatre or language arts classrooms. Detailed lesson plans and helpful resources are found below.


The Young Playwrights 10-Minute Play Festival

Monday, February 26, 2019  at 7:00pm.

Tickets are free, and must be reserved at the box office

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The staged reading features ten, student-written winning plays, directed and performed by PBD professionals

Immediately following the performance, the student playwrights are recognized for their work and awarded a $250 prize

The winning plays will be revised, edited, formatted, and published along with interviews and photos of the award-winning playwrights

The Young Playwrights winning playwrights are invited to participate in the rehearsal process. While in rehearsal, our winning playwrights will learn how professional playwrights, directors, and actors work together to revise and strengthen their plays.


Contest Details

  • The PBD Young Playwrights Ten-Minute Play Contest is open to all Palm Beach County students in grades 9 - 12
  • Submission deadline is Friday, December 14, 2018 @ 5:00pm
  • All plays must be submitted by an educator or school administrator
  • 20 finalists will be selected. Each semifinalist will be given professional feedback for improving and revising their play
  • Each finalist will be given one week for revisions
  • Up to 10 winning plays will be chosen by a panel of professional playwrights and theatre practitioners using a carefully constructed rubric. The rubric is found in the PBD lesson plans
  • Winning plays will be assigned a professional director and actors
  • The winning plays will be performed in a staged reading live onstage at PBD on Tuesday, February 26, 2019
  • Each winner receives a $250 cash prize and a published anthology that includes their play

For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions


Lesson Plans

PBD's lesson plans and documents can be accessed here: Lesson Plans

PBD offers a detailed 5-day lesson plan with supporting documents and benchmarks that give educators a clear, strong sequence for creating a ten-minute play. However, educators are not required to use PBD's lesson plans. Please feel free to use any lesson plan that complements your process. Educators may also choose to incorporate a portion of PBD's lesson plans into their curriculum.


Submission Information

Please note that all plays must be submitted by a teacher or school administrator. We do not accept submissions from individual students.

  • The deadline for submission is Friday, December 14, 2018 @ 5:00pm
  • All plays must be ten-minute plays. We do not accept one-act or full length plays at this time
  • Plays must be submitted as Word or PDF documents
  • Submit all entries in a folder via Google or Dropbox: Please scan, upload or organize your students' play, and send a link from Google Drive or Dropbox to: Gary Cadwallader
  • Submit through email: Please attach plays to an email and send entries to: Gary Cadwallader
  • Please be sure all plays have a title page with the following:
    • Title of play
    • Author
    • School
    • Teacher name
    • Teacher's email address and telephone number
  • All entries will receive a confirmation email after submission

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 PBD Young Playwrights 10-Minute Play Contest!

  • Letters to Open Space by Sailor Kate Ashley – Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts
  • Death Meets the Young by Adam Benjamin – Boynton Beach High School
  • God’s Bread by Emily Betts – Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts
  • Reality? by Deja Gamble – Seminole Ridge High School
  • Bruises Beneath by Cassandra Glover – Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts
  • Feed The Fire by Marisa Langston – Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts
  • 370 AM by Ciara LaTouche – Royal Palm Beach High School
  • An Executioner by Daniel Powers – Royal Palm Beach High School
  • In the Meadow by Mitchell Saulog – Royal Palm Beach High School
  • Viper by Kathie Torres – Royal Palm Beach High School

Congratulations to the 2018 finalists

  • The Gregorian Satire by Carlens Clervoyant – Glades Central High School
  • Game Over by Harry Cramer – Palm Beach Day Academy
  • Trapped by Kyra Ellesar – Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts
  • Just Talk by Lila Goldstein – Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts
  • Like a Real Friend by Drew Janicki – Royal Palm Beach High School
  • Julie: A Proper Lady by Marcella Khaliq – Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts
  • That Table by India Lalor – Palm Beach Day Academy
  • Swept Under the Rug by Alexandra McCrary – Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts
  • Project Proposal by Lauren Susick – Palm Beach Day Academy
  • B+ (Be Positive) by Quin Weiss – Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts