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The Chicago Young Playwrights Festival
YPF is a citywide playwriting competition that gives voice to teenagers while promoting the art of writing for the stage. Currently celebrating its 27th year, this school-oriented program helps students craft one act plays for an April submission deadline. Each year, professional artists work with up to four winning playwrights to workshop, stage and produce their scripts as part of Pegasus’ main stage season. By offering access to theatre professionals, YPF enhances language arts, encourages independent, high-level thinking and strong personal values, and influences career development. Participation in the Festival also improves students social-emotional learning, all instrumental skills as identified in core curriculum standards.
“YPF changed my life!"
Jihad Kheperu (2009 Whitney Young High School)
"...I honestly see playwriting as an important part of my future.”
- Marques Alexander Jackson (2003,
Pegasus Players’ Chicago Young Playwrights Festival has been featured in The Wall Street Journal,
“Before winning, I thought I would coast through life, but now I have a goal and won’t settle for average.”
- Christopher Irving (2004,
ROLLER COASTER by Gigi Lee (YPF 24)