Write On!

Entry Info

NOW ACCEPTING submissions from all Connecticut high school students!
Submission Deadline:
Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 5:00pm

Performance Date:
Monday, March 7, 2016

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Apply online above, or download the printable application and send to Aurelia Clunie, Education Associate for Student Audiences:

Email: aclunie@hartfordstage.org Subject: WRITE ON
Fax: 860-244-0183
Mail: Aurelia Clunie, Hartford Stage Education, 50 Church St., Hartford, CT 06103.

Questions? Email aclunie@hartfordstage.org, or call 860-520-7255.

Write On

What is Write On?

Amy Jensen

Amy Jensen

Write On is Hartford Stage’s Annual Young Playwrights’ Competition and is open to all Connecticut residents in grades 9-12. From among these applicants, 5-6 are selected to participate in the program. The program is modeled on Hartford Stage’s new play development process, and Write On playwrights have the unique opportunity to learn about professional play development first-hand. Accepted students will work with a professional playwright to turn their ideas into ten-minute play scripts. Over the next few months, the playwright will lead students in intensive writing workshops held at Hartford Stage. The program will culminate with readings of the ten-minute plays performed by local actors and directed by professional directors who work closely with the young playwrights. (Middle School Students Click Here To Learn About Our Middle School Playwriting Contest.)

Our 2016 Write On Playwrights

Emma Filosa
Grade 12
RHAM High School

Emma FilosaEmma Filosa is a senior at RHAM High School. She mainly writes slam poetry and music but is happy to have the opportunity to learn more about playwriting through Write On. Emma was recently a part of Project Transform at Hartford Stage and has been in multiple musicals and plays in theaters around Connecticut. Emma teaches hip hop and tap at The Dance Academy of Colchester and enjoys dance, singing, playing piano, and Beyoncé. 

In Missing Pieces, Emily is a 17 year old girl with Autism. She is represented by both her physical being and an inner voice not audible to those around her.

Emma Filosa was named a winner in the Kennedy Center's 2016 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition. Read her interview here.

Daniel Madigan
Grade 10
private tutors

Daniel Madigan Two years ago Daniel Madigan placed first in Hartford Stage’s sponsored Young Playwrights for Change Competition where he had the opportunity to work with award winning playwright, Janine Nabers, who strongly encouraged him to continue writing.  After his reading and having his play published in an educational anthology Daniel knew he wanted to write more plays.  After 10 years of actor training and performing at venues like Hartford Stage and Shakespeare & Company, Daniel is excited to participate in the Write ON program at Hartford Stage to learn more about the writing and production process.  In years past Daniel interviewed actors David Hyde Pierce and Melissa Joan Hart and has been published in Creative Kids magazine.

When a young girl literally runs into a blind support group to escape a perceived threat she finds refuge in this group of women who teach her about self-respect and tolerance. She learns to challenge the a society where she is labeled by her ancestry.

Eric Murphy
Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts/Avon High School
Grade 10

Eric MurphyEric Murphy is a sophomore at Avon High School and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, where he is majoring in theatre. His previous work at Hartford Stage includes Macbeth and A Christmas Carol as well as participating in programs such as Project Transform and the Mark Twain Players.

A team of scientists hit a breakthrough when they finally find a cure for cancer, though they are soon overwhelmed with the options and ideas that come with it.

Alexandra Ose
Rockville High School
Grade 11

Alexandra OseAlexandra Ose is a junior at Rockville High School where she participates in the creative writing program. She has won the Edith Wharton writing contest with her poetry and seven Scholastic writing awards for her short stories and poetry. She is involved in the drama and music departments and loves performing. She is currently in her high school’s production of Grease.

A woman stuck in a peculiar situation has her morals and wits tested by a seemingly inexperienced worker. A true battle of morals ensues, refereed by an unknowing observer.

Tariq Turner
Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts/bulkeley high school
Grade 12

Tariq TurnerTariq Turner is a senior at Bulkeley High School and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts where he takes on acting training. He loves acting, playwriting, and directing. He has written several 10 minute plays in his advanced level playwriting class at GHAA and has just finished participating in Much Ado About Nothing. Tariq is currently assistant directing The House of Bernarda Alba at GHAA.

There is no doubt that siblings stick together through thick and thin, but when things get too thick for these siblings, who will take the fall?

Tam Vu
East Hartford High School
Grade 9

Tam VuTam Vu is an East Hartford High School student  studying as a freshman. They have taken acting courses revolving around multiple political topics, musical theater, and more. They have written several pieces  through a range of different mediums, such as poetry and short stories. Other than their passion for writing, they have a passion for singing, acting, teaching, and most of all, eating.

There is a voice in our heads that speak for our worst nightmares, and for some, it's louder than others. For Thanh, the voice just keeps getting louder, and Thanh needs to learn how to control it so they can hear what really matters.

Need Inspiration?

Try picking up a newspaper, logging on to a news organization's website, or looking through a magazine.

  • What people, places, and events grab your attention?
  • What stories do the photos and advertisements tell?
  • Who are the characters? Is there anyone or anything that piques your interest? 
  • If you see something that speaks to you, consider the reason why. How does it connect to you and your life?

 Ask yourself these questions when drafting your idea:

  • What am I trying to say with this play?
  • What do I want the audience to know, understand, or wonder?
  • Does my idea contain a clear conflict?
  • Can I explore this topic in a 10-minute format?