Chautauqua Institution is proud to partner with the Chautauqua Theater Company to present an interactive, three-part playwriting project for area third and fourth grade students from C. C. Ring Elementary School and Fletcher Elemetary Schools (Jamestown), Chautauqua Lake Elementary School and Panama Elementary School. For the 2020-2021 school year, this program is being completely re-conceived and adapted for online presentation, allowing students to participate in their classrooms and in their homes, responding to the needs of schools in the post-COVID teaching environments.

The Young Playwrights Project is based on Florida Studio Theatre’s Write-A-Play program, now in its 29th year. This project includes three phases. During Phase 1, students learn the art of playwriting, focusing on empowering the student imagination and voice. Students will view engaging videos that guide students through the playwriting process and collaborate with CI Arts Education teaching artists during Zoom meetings. During Phase 2, the CI Play Reading team will meet with third grade classes via Zoom to act out student plays, allowing students to hear their words on the page come to life. This phase will also include an online student celebration, during which students will learn which plays have been selected to be produced by the Chautauqua Theater Company during Phase 3. Phase 3 will feature these selected plays in the Chautauqua Institution Young Playwrights Project Film Festival, produced by the Chautauqua Theater Company. This film festival will be shared with all participating students as well as made available to the public via the CHQ Assembly.

Watch the Young Playwrights Project 2020 Film Festival

The 2020 Film Festival is on-demand on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch. Virtual Porch events are free with registration.

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Angevine, Maggie. "Young Playrights Project goes to the moves." The Chautauquan Daily, 30 June 2020

Headley, Duard. "Young Playwright's Project Plays to Hit Stage." The Chautauquan Daily, 1 July 2019

Headley, Duard. "Young Playwright's Project Fosters Confidence in Kids." The Chautauquan Daily, 22 June 2019

"'Dream Come True' Young Playwrights Awarded at Chautauqua Institution" The Post-Journal, 28 April 2019

Patterson, Jordan. "Taking Up The Pen." The Post-Journal, 26 Oct. 2018

Steinberg, Matthew. "Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education awards Chautauqua Institution arts education Exemplary Projects Award." The Chautauquan Daily, 1 Aug. 2018

"Fletcher Elementary Students Awarded Young Playwight Awards." The Post-Journal, 27 June 2018

Steinberg, Matthew. "DFT Communications continues sponsorship of Family Entertainment Series, by funding today's Young Playwrights." The Chautauquan Daily, 25 June 2018

Vestal, Kevin. “Family Entertainment Series opens with Young Playwrights Project, showcasing imagination of local elementary schoolers.” The Chautauquan Daily, 25 June 2018

McCarthy, Kathleen. “Young Playwrights.” Lakeside Ledger, 22 Feb. 2018: 1 Lakeside Ledger. Web. 22 February 2018.

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Ingersoll, Ali. “Student playwrights see pieces come to life at festival.” WVIB.com, 1 Feb. 2018. Web 2 Feb 2018.

Moore, Deborah Sunya. Young Playwrights Project video. Facebook, 31 Jan. 2018, 4:50 p.m.

McBride, Dara. "CTC performs 14 student works from Young Playwrights Project." The Chautauquan Daily, 26 June 2017

Wilby, Meaghan. "Two friends help sponsor Young Playwrights Program to honor their friendship." The Chautauquan Daily, 26 June 2017 

Fuller, Katrina. "Fletcher Third-Grader Wins Young Playwrights Festival Award." The Post-Journal, 27 April 2017

Oliver, Georgeanne. "CTC Brings Young Playwrights' Works to Life." The Chautauquan Daily, 28 June 2016

"Young Playwrights Project Holds Student Performance of Winning Local Plays." The Post-Journal, 21 June 2016

"From Paper to Stage." The Post-Journal, 20 Feb. 2016