About Philadelphia Young Playwrights:
The mission of Philadelphia Young Playwrights (PYP) is to tap the potential of youth and inspire learning through playwriting. This year the organization celebrates its 30th full year of service to this mission. PYP began its first full year of operations in 1987 and quickly established a reputation for its innovative classroom practices, focusing on playwriting as a literacy-learning tool and as an opportunity to engage students in new, creative ways. The organization’s commitment to new work began the next year in 1988 through readings, workshops, and full-fledged professional productions of student-written plays and monologues that have launched and shaped the careers of dozens of playwrights, writers, businesspeople, and professionals of all stripes including, notably: Quiara Alegria Hudes, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright; Adam F. Goldberg, creator of ABC's The Goldbergs; Roger J. Hobbs, the late New York Times bestselling-author; Genne Murphy, recipient of the 2016 Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers prize; and Emily Acker, Orbiter 3 founding playwright and recent Eugene O'Neill New Play Conference Finalist.
Approximately 2,100 students participate in PYP’s core classroom program each year through placements in public, private, and parochial schools throughout the five-county Greater Philadelphia region. PYP places a special emphasis on the School District of Philadelphia, with whom the organizations has partnered in each year since its founding.
Rehearsal and performance images
from the 2017 Mouthful Monologue Festival
Click on each image for information and photo credits. Images available for download via Press Kit link.