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32nd Annual Young Playwrights Festival

The 32nd Annual Young Playwrights Festival at the Blank Theatre Company is now casting our 12 winning plays for 2024!


The Young Playwrights Festival is a 32 year-old nationwide play writing competition for writers ages 9 to 19. The 12 best plays were chosen by a panel of theatre professionals from submissions across America. Winning playwrights are provided careful mentoring and direction from industry professionals to help prepare their work for public performance and hone their skills, talent and confidence.

Most plays are 20 pages or less.

Additional project information, roles and how to submit are below! Thanks for your interest and support in our beloved festival!




Producers: Bree Pavey & Annie McGrath

Production Supervisor: Sarah Nilsen

Associate Producer: Peter Newell

Casting Directors: Erica S. Bream & Cara Chute Rosenbaum

Performance Venue: Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles

**Fun note! Tickets to this production are FREE!


Additional Rehearsal Venue: Loft Ensemble Theatre in North Hollywood

Rehearsals Begin: o/a July 8
**Rehearsals run approx 2 1/2 weeks in a staggered schedule ending on July 24, 2024.

Run: This Play runs one weekend, Thursday to Sunday between July 25 and July 28, 2024.

** Total time commitment for any participant is about two and a half weeks: two (2) weeks of rehearsal, one (1) weekend of performances (four total performances)


Rate: $100 flat expense reimbursement for participants

This production is Non-Equity. SAG/AFTRA members are welcome to submit.



HONEYBEE by Dakota Darnell

Synopsis: A student in her senior year is facing weighting guilt when deciding whether she should go to college further away or stay local, while coping with the circumstances that her upbringing wasn't typical due to her dad’s special accommodations. On the other hand, her father is struggling to make sure his daughter knows she is loved, and explores the side of parental guilt. This story explores themes of validation, family relationships,growing older and neurodivergence.

ELLIS: A forty-four year old radiologist and single parent to RORI. He is on the spectrum and non-speaking, therefore using a text-to-speech AAC device as a way to communicate. He enjoys the company of others, presenting as empathetic and emotive. He also exhibits traits of proactiveness because, if not prepared, he can fall into paralyzing anxiety. He often thinks of what his daughter's life could have been without his diagnosis.  *The device that suits the character the best are AAC’s that have a QWERTY keyboard to speech software. An example of this is an ALLORA 3, but open to all variety of AAC's.




Please self-tape, using the following instructions:


DEADLINE: Monday, June 17th at 12pm PST

MATERIAL: Please prepare a 1 minute performance of your choice.


SLATE: Full body, stating your name, age and location. If you have an agent or a manager, please provide their name/company as well.

LABEL: Please include the actor's full professional name and an email address in the label - e.g.: "janedoe - janesmom83@gmaildotcom.mp4"

Please send one take ONLY of your scene and attach your slate at the end of the performance so everything is in a single file.

Reels are not necessary at this point. If we need one, we will request it at a later date.


Extra performance notes: no accent or specific wardrobe is needed for this audition. The goal is to find truth in the situation, as it makes sense to the actor.


For questions, please email Erica + Cara at:


Thanks! We so look forward to seeing your work.



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.

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