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Are you an aspiring playwright between 13 and 19 years old and live in the Houston area? If so, then share your voice, your talent and your ideas as a member of the Houston Young Playwrights Exchange. 

HYPE is a program that showcases scripts written by six to eight Houston teenagers. Each summer HYPE playwrights spend three weeks developing their dramatic writing skills with Alley Education and Community Engagement staff and guest playwrights. The workshop culminates with a weekend of staged readings produced with professional actors and directors. Selected playwrights will receive a $300 stipend for sharing their work with the public.

HYPE 2015 Workshops
June 22 - July 10, 2015
Performances July 9 - 10

This summer, HYPE will also showcase the work of talented young writers who have participated in the Kennedy Center’s VSA Playwriting Discovery program. VSA Playwriting Discovery is a joint project between the Kennedy Center and Alley Theatre. Playwriting Discovery participants explore the disability experience through dramatic writing.

HYPE Submission Guidelines
Interested writers 13 to 19 years of age who live in the Houston-area should submit original plays no longer than 13 pages in length. Each script should require no more than 5 actors (parts can be doubled). Scripts may be written in prose or verse. 

Each play should include a cover page with the title of the play and the playwright’s name, mailing address, email, date of birth, and grade and school.  All plays should include the work’s title and page numbers in the header of each page. Character, dialogue and stage directions must be clearly distinguished and follow Dramatists Guild’s Modern Play Format. Microsoft Word documents or PDFs will be accepted. Writers may not submit more than one script.

Deadline for submission is April 22, 2015. All scripts must be submitted via email to  Late submissions will not be accepted. All submissions that do not follow HYPE Submission Guidelines will be subject to disqualification.

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