Young Playwrights Project

ATC's annual Young Playwrights Project is for Middle and High School Students anywhere, but we especially would like to read scripts from NJ teens!

Our youngest winner had just entered Middle School. She was 10! So age is not necessarily a factor. 

2018: Dream It!

ATC is now accepting SHORT (10 minutes or under), one-act scripts that reflect the theme “Dream It.” Students are encouraged to write from their own experience, their own dreams for the future, the concept of dreaming, or even about their REM-time dreams.

Submissions may be sent directly to ATC by emailing as a .doc or .docx to Deadline for submission is March 16, 2018. (We encourage as many students to enter as possible. Contact us if you need an extension of the date)

Scripts will be read and evaluated by professionals and teachers. From all submissions, 10-12 will be selected for public performance and cast and produced through ATC. The audience and a panel of “judges” composed of professional theater personnel, will select three to be featured on the internet: the chosen pieces could be seen around the world! 

You may check out last year's winners here: and if you'd like to view them with closed captioning, please go to our youtube channel:

• Scenes should be no longer than 10 minutes in playing time
Monologues will be accepted
• May contain 1 - 8 characters
• Simple setting
• Written in stage (not film/tv) format. We can recommend free script-formatting software
• Keep technical requirements to a minimum

This program is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

A brief look at the Young Playwrights Project process. 2016/17 videos featured

Original logos for Believe, Dreams&Nightmares, Behind the Mask, and Gotta Laugh, created by Maren Sugarman.