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Young Playwrights for Change Staged Reading

May 19 - May 19

Kleberg Stage

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For the 4th year in a row ZACH Theatre was a regional host for a nationwide playwriting contest for middle school students sponsored by TYA/USA and AATE.  This competition focused on giving voice to our nation’s young writers. The project looks to harness the creativity of young playwrights and bring focus to real world issues. This years theme was “Rise Up.”

The mission of Young Playwrights for Change is to produce meaningful conversations about topics that will ripple across our nation to provoke change. Our goal is to spark conversation and discussion throughout classrooms, schools, and communities about the chosen topic.

This year, ZACH received 275 plays from schools across Austin.  Judges from ZACH, The University of Texas, Creative Action, Texas State University and other community members read and scored all the plays.  The judges have selected the plays you will see tonight.


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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

ZACH Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization located in Austin, Texas.

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