City Theatre Company
December 3, 4, 9
Various times

The contemporary theater scene’s next generation of talented playwrights is gearing up to debut their award-winning original works for public audiences at City Theatre Company.

Rehearsing Cavan Bonner's play Discount Shelf. Photo by Madison Hack.
Rehearsing Cavan Bonner’s play Discount Shelf. Photo by Madison Hack.

From a drama that reimagines the legendary Salem Witch Trials to a tale about anthropomorphized birds and books, the upcoming Young Playwrights Festival will showcase six world premiere plays written by talented local middle and high school students.

Under the direction of City Theatre’s Artistic Producer Reginald L. Douglas, the unique festival format provides young, emerging playwrights with opportunities to sharpen skills, present original work in a professional arts environment, receive constructive feedback from industry experts, and have their creative voices heard widely.

Public performances take place on December 3 and 4 in City Theatre’s Lester Hamburg Studio, while student matinees run November 30 through December 9. In partnership with the theater departments at University of Pittsburgh, Seton Hill, and Point Park, a reading of three Honorable Mention plays will take place on Friday, December 9 at 7 p.m.


Selected from more than 300 submissions penned by students in  grades 7-12 from western PA and northern West Virginia, the winning plays were evaluated by a Literary Committee comprised of 40 local and national theater professionals and senior artistic staff at City Theatre.

Student playwrights attend schools all across the city and region—including Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Keystone Oaks Middle School, North Allegheny, Lakeview and Bentworth Senior High Schools, and more.

An ensemble cast featuring Charles Beikert, Laura Brennan, Katie Esswein, Parag S. Gohel, Michael Magliocca, Alex Manalo, Becki Toth, and Michael Trimm will perform all roles in the six plays.

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Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.