6th - 12th Grade Students
Dates to be announced
The Appell Center Annual High School Playwriting Festival is designed to encourage York County high school students to create and express their unique perspective through the writing of ten-minute plays. Each year, ten distinguished plays are selected and given a director, design team, a cast, and then performed on the Appell Center stage.
Behind the Gilded Doors by Nicholas Martinez, Central York High School
Blue Jay on High by Paige Dern, Dover Area High School
Chameleon by Gavin P. McCabe, Central York High School
Crowded Room by Kathryn Seigle, Dover Area High School
Don't Go Into the Woods by Lauren Jasitt, Central York High School
Lewis and Clark and the Data Crisis by Aubrie Wise, Red Lion Senior High School
Phantom Force by Roselyn Spence, Dover Area High School
The Red Victor by Isaac Embry, Central York High School
The Socialite by Hannah Kibler, Central York High School
Stranger than Strange by Lillian Hoover, West York Area High School
Each year, teachers are encouraged to participate in a Playwriting Residency consisting of eight playwriting workshops where a guest teacher visits the classroom and guides students in the playwriting process. Workshops are aligned with the Pennsylvania Common Core. The Appell Center also hosts a one-day free playwriting workshop.
All play submissions are due each year by December 31st and winners are selected in February. A panel of experts selects the winning plays. Auditions for the cast are held in March.
Once the distinguished plays are chosen, a design team creates a basic set, costume, props, and lighting design for each play and cast auditions are held. The process culminates with a live evening showcase open to the public and a one weekday matinee for schools.
All playwrights must be in high school. Plays cannot exceed 10-minutes in length (approximately 10 pages).
For more information or if you are interested in setting up a Playwriting Residency, please contact Education Assistant, Dan Crowell, at 717-825-2239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.