THE COMPETITION

Each year,  New England high school students are invited to submit ten-minute plays to our Write Here! Write Now! student playwriting competition. Creative writing, English, and theater teachers are provided resources to integrate playwriting into their classroom curriculum. Whether submitted by teachers or individual students, this program is free to all participants and is open to all grade 9-12 students in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.

Submitted scripts are adjudicated through a blind evaluation process by Trinity Rep education, artistic, and literary staff. Each year, four winners are selected with at least one winner from a Providence, RI high school.

Submissions for the 2021 competition are due March 8, 2021.

To get inspiration on bringing this program to your classroom, please check our study guide.

Teachers: Download this printable flyer to inspire your students

THE PRIZES

In addition to receiving a staged reading of their plays, the winning playwrights receive a scholarship towards any Trinity Rep Young Actors Studio after-school class, and 20 free tickets to a Project Discovery student matinee performance for their schools during an upcoming season.

THE FESTIVAL

The festival portion of Write Here! Write Now! strives to honor the student writers’ texts while offering the playwrights the chance to see their work alive on stage for the first time. Each year, in an evening performance, the winning scripts receive staged readings on our main stage, directed by Trinity Rep staff and performed by our company members and Brown/Trinity Rep MFA students. From the moment the winning scripts are chosen, Trinity Rep dramaturgs, directors and actors work alongside the student writers to clarify and breathe physical life into the playwrights’ words and worlds.

2020 Winners
Run, Ferret, Run
– Carolyn Jane Ferullo – The Lincoln School, Providence
Welcome to Hell -Amiya Mandapati- The Lincoln School, Providence
Friends without Benefits – Ayrin Ramirez – Central High School, Providence
The Bee – Madilyn Spear – Framingham High School, MA

2020 Honorable Mentions
Far and Gone – Erlinda Castro – Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts, Providence, RI
The Soccer Mom – Kailani Reis – Dighton Rehoboth High School, Dighton, MA

The 2020 festival took place virtually. Winning plays can be viewed here.

2019 Winners
A Cryptic Brunch – Sam Weiler – Rocky Hill School, West Greenwich
The Things I Wish I Could Say – Jillian Aaronnalt – East Providence High School
Lonesome Blues – Amanda Fawell – Framingham High School, MA
Sabotage – Cori Diaz – Rockville High School, CT

2019 Honorable Mentions
The Treehouse Conspiracy – Noah Sorin – St. Johnsbury Academy, VT
Jerry’s One Stop – Kate Fitzgerald – Lincoln School

The festival took place on May 21, 2019.

2018 Winners
62 Moons – Kate Fitzgerald – Lincoln School, Providence
The Case of the Stolen Sandwich – Jonathan Baron – LaSalle Academy
Rattlesnake – James Roberts – Putney School, Putney VT
Grandma and Technology – Emma Paulhus – Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School, MA

2018 Honorable Mentions
Boys. Period. – Catherine Giorgetti – Framingham High School, MA
Accidental Burial – Rachel Fickes – St. Johnsbury Academy- St. Johnsbury VT

The festival took place on May 7, 2018.

2017 Winners
Catch 42 – Bella Lillsebbas – Providence, RI
The Story of the Night Sky – Anna Tarasuk – Richmond, RI
Watermelon Boy – Jordana Kagan- Framingham, MA
Eliza’s Artist – Laura Costello – Vernon, CT

2017 Honorable Mention
Sequins – Julia Somma – Vernon, CT
Eighteen – Sophie Colantuono – Providence,  RI

Please email Matthew Tibbs at mtibbs@trinityrep.com with inquiries.

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