Applications are now open for the inaugural

Ucross + The Blank Theatre — Future of Playwriting Prize!

This award represents a unique collaboration between the prestigious Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, where artists from all disciplines have been supported by residencies since 1983, and The Blank Theatre in Hollywood, which has been developing new plays and new artists since 1990.

The Future of Playwriting Prize will be given annually to an early-career playwright who personifies the future of theatre — someone whose voice will shape theatre for decades to come, and who will bring new thoughts and views to the American theatrical conversation.

The winner will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize and an all-expenses-paid, two-week residency at Ucross’s ranch at the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains. The residency includes transportation, accommodations, meals, and the opportunity to commune with other visiting artists. The winner will also receive a professionally produced staged reading in The Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series new play development program. Two additional finalists will each be awarded a $500 cash prize.

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The Ucross + The Blank Theatre – Future of Playwriting Prize
is made possible through the generous support of Deb and Ed Koehler and the Raymond N. Plank Philanthropy Fund.


30 Years
31 World Premieres
78 Mainstage Productions
200+ Theatre Awards
332 Young Playwrights
800+ New Plays
5,000+ Actors
7,000+ Theatre Artists
50,000+ Audience Members


Help us celebrate The Blank’s next 30 years with a $30 investment in The Future of Theatre!




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Become A YPFuture Founding Member

Over the last 27 years, The Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival
has produced 332 plays by young writers ages 9 to 19 selected from over 5,000 nationwide submissions.

Nowhere else in the world can young playwrights see their vision come to life on stage in professional productions with caring and capable
mentoring to help them develop their craft.

Introducing YPFuture

YPFuture is a member community passionate about investing in the future of theatre.

YPFuture’s mission is to establish and grow a robust, sustainable, and
supportive community whose contributions ensure the future of The Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival.


To become a Founding Member of YPFuture
please call us at 323.871.8018
email us


Become A YPFuture Founding Member

The Blank Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization.

Blank Theatre productions are made possible in part by

Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Department of Cultural Affairs – City of Los Angeles
Mitch O’Farrell, Councilmember 13TH District
Plum Foundation
Rosenthal Family Foundation
YPFuture Founding Members