Young Playwrights

Playwright Jaimie Gaskell sits in on a rehearsal for a play she wrote as it's performed by students in the Summer Stage Young Acting Company program at theREP in Albany Thursday, July 27, 2017. Gaskell has been one of the winners of the Young Playwright Contest for the last three years.

Young writers’ words brought to life.

Winners of the Young Playwright Contest don’t just write a script and walk away.  They’re involved, step-by-step, as the actors and producers interpret their writing.

They ask questions.

Their writing is challenged.

And then they watch as words and scenes that formed in their heads come to life on stage.


Join us!

This year’s winning plays will be performed by the Summer Stage Young Acting Company.

Performance dates:

  • Thursday, August 10 at 4 p.m. (preview performance)
  • Friday, August 11 at 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 12 at 11 a.m.
  • Sunday, August 13 at 6 p.m.


  • All performances are free

The plays:

  • The Sidekick by Jaimie Gaskell
  • Curiosity Killed the Cat by Morgan Hughes
  • Inside My Head by Joshua Kenna
  • The Convoluted Life of Jazmine Blossom by Andrew Sabo
  • Though I Walk Through The Valley by S.E. Vatalaro
  • Familiar Faces by Eden Weinstein