This year, we’re celebrating the 5th anniversary of our Middle School Playwriting Competition! We reached out to three of our young playwrights from past years to see what they’re up to today!

Aidan
Finalist in our 2015 Competition

What’s your best memory from the Middle School Playwriting Competition?

The best memory was when I sat side by side with the director and told professional actors and actresses how I wanted them to act. I loved how much freedom I had to work with them, I was constantly engaged with everyone there to make my play as great as possible. This experience allowed my creativity to run free, which I find very important and rewarding, especially at the age of 11.

Are you still writing today?

I don’t write as much today because I focus on a musical way to tell my stories. On my free time, I love to compose music, especially cinematic orchestral or electronic genres. Over the past few years, I’ve also written classical music for different ensembles, professionals and students alike.

What advice do you have young playwrights?

You never know what playwriting will bring you. It’s a great opportunity to tell your story, and working with professional actors and actresses is a wonderful experience that will teach you how to express yourself and be more creative.

Tell us a little bit about what you’re doing now:

I am currently involved in a lot of musical extracurriculars. In addition to composing music on my free time, I am also participating in my school’s SING! musical as a music director. There, I arrange the music and help teach it to the band, chorus, and the cast. Through music-related activities, I continue to express myself and tell my stories.

Nimatroul
Winner of our 2017 Competition

What’s your best memory from the Middle School Playwriting Competition?

My best: Favorite memory from the Middle School Playwriting Competition was seeing my play being read out loud front of people, and my most favorite memory is being able to walk on stage to receive my certificate and knowing that I won the Playwriting Competition.

Are you still writing today?

I still write, but not as often. I try to sit down with a pencil and paper and put my ideas on paper, but with school and my internship there’s no time to just sitting around.

What advice do you have young playwrights?

WRITE! That would be my advice to them. To just write about whatever and see where that leads you. It could lead you to stories or ideas that are tough talking about, it can lead you with a topic that is confusing to write about or something that might need some space for improvements or it can lead to something amazing. You never know till you write.

Tell us a little bit about what you’re doing now!

Right now, i’m a sophomore. I volunteer at a hospital, and I really enjoy that. I also tutor, to help out kids who are struggling in school and just guide them. I participate in a lot of programs in school. Still my favorite subject that I find like a breeze is ENGLISH!!

Iris
Winner of our 2018 Competition

What’s your best memory from the Middle School Playwriting Competition?

My best memory would definitely be seeing my work being performed on stage. It was an absolutely wonderful experience that I would love to have again. It was thrilling and just really fun.

Are you still writing today?

Yes, I am still writing. I mostly write plays now, but I’m also trying out poems and short stories. I write because I think it’s a really fun thing to do, and a great way to relieve stress. The happiness I gain when I finally finish a play or a poem or a story is so satisfying. I hope others can have the same experience.

What advice do you have young playwrights?

My advice would be that if you’re writing a play, stick to it until the end, because once you write your first draft, then all you need to do is edit and get feedback, and you’re done. Watching your writing grow and become better is the most wonderful thing. Of course, you need to work really hard and edit and edit and edit your work, but the point is that the payoff is huge.

Tell us a little bit about what you’re doing now!

Right now, I am working on a couple of writing pieces that I intend to enter into competitions. I am working on a play and three poems as of right now, and I’m excited to see the turnout. I just finished a production at my school that took long hours out of my day, and I’m hoping that since it’s done, I can finally focus more on my writing, reading, and schoolwork.