SCULPTING THE FUTURE OF THEATRE
For almost three decades, The Blank Theatre showcased the unique voices of talented writers ages 19 and younger. Our Nationwide Young Playwrights Festival is the premiere venue for young people to share their original stories. As part of the YPF prize, we give winning playwrights world-class mentorship opportunities.
We are thrilled to now offer that kind of education and mentorship to others through our new Young Playwrights Academy.
THE YPA EXPERIENCE
The YPA experience creates a safe and nurturing atmosphere to empower young people to enhance their creative perspectives and enrich their writing. We believe artistic education must focus on eventually working in the professional world and, therefore, YPA offers hands-on practical learning to our students.
We believe this kind of experience should be open to all, and for nearly 30 years, we have offered a rich, equitable, and inclusive atmosphere. We support and educate a diverse group of young playwrights, offering a “professional” opportunity. Past participants include Tony Award winning playwright Stephen Karam, Doris Duke Artist Award winner Lauren Yee, NY Drama Desk nominee Ada Cochran, TV Show creator/show runners Kit Steinkellner, Austin Winsberg, Oahn Ly and cross-disciplinary writer Delali Ayivor among hundreds of others.
The Blank Theatre is committed to the enrichment of Hollywood’s cultural life through production of first-rate theatre, education of current and future artists, and creation of groundbreaking new works for the theatrical repertoire companies in America.