Aspiring Playwrights

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Seasons of Performances

East Valley Children’s Theatre is searching for aspiring playwrights to become a part of the theatre’s future seasons of performances. As an organization dedicated to providing enriching experiences for young audiences, EVCT recognizes the importance of nurturing new voices and fresh perspectives in the world of theatre. This call for playwrights opens doors for talented individuals to have their works showcased and celebrated on EVCT’s stage, captivating young minds and inspiring imaginations.

EVCT believes in the power of storytelling and understands that original plays have the ability to create unique and captivating experiences for audiences. By welcoming aspiring playwrights into their creative community, EVCT aims to foster a vibrant and diverse repertoire of performances that reflect the creativity, imagination, and unique voices of the next generation of playwrights.

Contest rules and prizes are listed below:
  • All plays must be submitted to East Valley Children’s Theatre no later than February 1, 2024.
  • Email submissions to: [email protected].
  • Playwrights must include a cover sheet with name, address, phone number, email address, and age.
  • Plays must be suitable for children to perform and for an audience of children. (Plays with small casts are not as likely to be chosen for performance; casts of 18 or more are preferred).
  • Plays must be 60-90 minutes in length. Shorter plays may be submitted but will not be considered for a seasonal theatrical production.
  • Plays and musicals must not have been previously performed. They must be original and unpublished.
  • Musicals must include a copy of the music in either manuscript or audio-recording format.
  • Playwrights are not required to pay an entry fee.

The first place entry will receive a $500 cash prize, a limited stipend for travel, and will be produced by East Valley Children’s Theatre in its upcoming season, if it meets all the criteria for performance. Second and third place winners will be announced and recognized. Travel stipend is dependent on the author attending the show, accruing travel costs and having a talkback with the actors.

Winner will be announced by April 1, 2024.

Previous Playwright Winner


1st PlaceA Tale of Bravery of a Zebra, a Lioness and a Very, Very Small Bird
by Nikki Harmon, Los Angeles, CA

2nd PlaceAbigail’s Basement
by Gabrielle Goulet, Mesa, AZ

3rd PlaceAdventures of a Young Daydreamer
by John Biscello Taos, New Mexico


1st PlaceThe Frog Prince
by Marcus Yi, New York

2nd PlaceThe Princess and the Goblins
by Kai Cofer and Cody Gillette, California


3rd PlaceDIY Fairy Godmother
by Steph DeFerie, Massachusetts

3nd Place - Loch Ness, a monster of a musical
by Stacey Lane of Illinois and Kathie McMahon, Arizona


1st PlaceThe Prince and The Pauper, the musical
Book by Mark Liebert, Music by Ben Liebert, Lyrics by Ben & Mark Liebert, New Jersey

2nd PlaceThe Silver Bell, a musical book
By Matthew Sheridan, New York

3rd PlaceDIY (Do It Yourself) Fairy Godmother
by Steph DeFerie, Massachusetts


1st PlaceThe Clumsy Princess
by J.S. Puller & Joel Esher, Illinois & New York


2nd PlaceLoch Ness, a monster of a musical
by Stacey Lane & Kathie McMahon, Illinois & Arizona

2nd Place - Tales From Zaspyurn
by Jay Barber, Arizona

3rd PlaceWish, a musical
by Paul Lewis, Washington


1st PlaceSpace Mission #5379: Saving Rachel Nevada
by Laura Winters, New York

2nd PlaceAbandoned Way Out West
by Diane Burbano, California

3rd PlaceThe Treasure of the Enchantress
by Linda Howard Cooke, Nebraska


1st PlaceCamelot and Camelittle
by Stacey Lane, Chicago, Illinois

2nd PlaceThe Lost Boys of Neverland
by Tanner Morris, Mesa, Arizona

3rd PlaceBippity Boppity BAAAAAM
by Charlotte Nixon, Calgery, Alberta, Canada


1st PlaceBeauty and the Computer Geek
by Susan C Hunter & Tom Shelton, Whittier, California

2nd PlaceThe Royal Toys
By J.S. Puller, Chicago, Illinois

3rd PlaceThe Princess and the Goblins
Book by Kai Cofer, Music by Cody Gillette, Van Nuys, California


1st PlaceThe Heroes of Olim
by Claire Howard, Mesa, Arizona

2nd PlaceThe Railway Children
by Tanner Morris, Mesa, Arizona

3rd PlaceMusical (Mis)Adventures of Goopy and Bagha
by Daniel Kellin, Honolulu, Hawaii


1st PlaceSixty-Seven Cinderellas
by Stacey Lane, Miamisburg, Ohio

2rd PlaceMusical (Mis)Adventures of Goopy and Bagha
by Daniel Kellin, Honolulu, Hawaii


3rd PlaceThe Heroes of Olim
by Claire Howard, Mesa, Arizona

3rd PlaceNo Fear
by Hollie Michaels, New York, New York

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