The Young Playwriting Company
This is a hands-on program focused on the creative process of playwriting. Under the mentorship of an established playwright and dramaturg, students work on short plays which are presented in a series of staged readings at the end of the program year. Students also attend masterclasses hosted by professional playwrights, dramaturgs, and directors with a diverse background of experience and writing styles. While this program is designed for participants aged 16 – 21, applicants to the Young Playwriting Company who are older than 21 years of age will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Auditions for 2021/22 Season have closed.
Want to start thinking about your application for next season? We’ll require two samples of your creative writing, preferably from a play you’ve written. These samples will be evaluated by our panel on the basis of promise and potential.
Classes meet Tuesdays from 6:00pm – 9:00pm from September to May. There are no classes on statutory holidays or over the winter break (mid-December to the beginning of January).
Includes regular coursework with resident and guest playwrights, dramaturges, and directors. Alternating regular coursework with “writing weeks” when students will work independently on their plays. Dates are subject to change.
Staged Readings with professional actors are held at the end of May in The Rice Theatre.
2021/2022 Young Playwriting Company Participants
Keltie is very excited to start their second year in the Young Playwriting Company! As a new playwright, they are excited to incorporate their skills as a songwriter, poet, and actor into their works. Some of their recent writing credits include their play The Importance of Throwing Up (Citadel Young Company), their spoken word solo Go,Go,Go (Kiwanis Festival), and their EP Everything I Haven’t Said. Their acting credits include Eurydice (Foote Theatre School); Radium Girls, Chicago, and The Addams Family (ABJ Fine Arts). They are thrilled to be continuing their playwriting journey among such creative peers!
Jacquelyn is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the young playwriting company at the Citadel this year. While relatively new to playwriting, she has always had a passion for storytelling. She is a student at Harry Ainlay High School where she is a part of the improv team. Last year, she co-wrote Ava and Natalie’s Puppet Show Delight with her fellow young-companist, Grace Young. They later co-directed a piece, and it was put up for the school’s one act festival as well as Nextfest.
Liam Witte is a grade twelve student at Victoria School of the Arts where he has studied acting, directing, voice, and musical theatre. His passion for playwriting led him to co-found and produce the Take 5 Theatre Festival, a celebration of student written, directed, designed and performed theatre. Selected playwriting credits include Old Man Sallow Who Lives on Crypt Rock (Take 5), Smoke in Mirrors (Next Fest) and Everythin’ (Theatre Blitz). Liam is thrilled for the opportunity to continue to learn and grow as a writer in the Citadel’s Young Playwriting Company.
Grace Young is a grade twelve student at Harry Ainlay Highschool. Although not new to writing, she recently fell in love with playwriting after co-writing and co-directing “Ava and Natalie’s Puppet Show Delight” with Jacquelyn Routledge. Before falling into playwriting, Grace acted in several school plays, including Thoroughly Modern Millie, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Almost Maine, and has been a part of her school’s improv team for four years. Grace is so incredibly excited to be a part of the Young Playwriting Company and to learn from both her peers and the professionals in the field.
2021/2022 Young Playwriting Company Faculty
Tracy is the Co-Artistic Director of Concrete Theatre, a theatre for young audiences touring company, and has worked as a director, dramaturg, teacher and producer for over 20 years. She has held the Artistic Associate position at Alberta Playwrights’ Network as well as at the Citadel Theatre where she co-created and directed KidsPlay @ the Citadel.
She has been the co-producer of several play development programs including Peep Show!, a tease of new plays by women at SkirtsAfire, Script Salon, a monthly play reading series of Alberta plays, and EDMONten- A Showcase of Ten-Minute Plays.
Tracy has directed and dramaturged The Space Between Stars by Christine Lesiak, The Book of Ashes by Emil Sher for the Northern Alberta Children’s Festival, Last Chance Leduc by Katherine Koller and The Invention of Romance and Matara by Conni Massing at Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre.
She teaches for the Writes of Passage program through Workshop West, and has been offering online playwriting classes through her company Write-A-Play. She also teaches Drama in the Classroom to teachers.