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Welcome to the Playwriting Network of AATE!

This Network supports playwrights and advocates of quality new plays for children and youth. Activities include publishing the AATE Award Winning Plays Directory and AATE New Plays by Members Directory as well as the AATE Unpublished Play Project and the AATE Playwrights in Our Schools residency project.





AATE Directory of Award-Winning Plays This resource is a compilation of award winning plays that have received the AATE Distinguished Play Award or have been selected for the AATE Unpublished Play Reading Project or the AATE Playwrights In Our Schools school residencies.  It also includes a list of the recipients of the AATE Charlotte Chorpenning Cup for lifetime achievement in playwriting for young audiences.  The directory can be downloaded from this page as a Word file or as a sortable Excel spreadsheet.  A searchable database version of the directory is in progress and will also be accessible from this page.


AATE New Plays by Member Directory All playwrights who are current members of AATE are invited to submit two synopses of up to 75 words each for this listing. Plays may be published or in-progress. Listings are updated annually.  The directory can be downloaded from this page in a Word format.  For more information on the AATE New Plays by Members Directory, contact Sandy Asher,


AATE Playwrights In Our Schools Project  Each year, an award-winning playwright is selected for a three-day residency in a Utah secondary school to develop his or her latest script, which receives a staged reading and workshop development with secondary students.  Through this process, students learn first-hand the process of new play development and are better prepared to write and refine their own plays.  Applications for Utah secondary school teachers and for playwrights are available in September on this page and are due December 1, 2015.  Playwrights must have won the AATE Distinguished Play Award or Unpublished Play Reading Award, the NETC Aurand Harris Award, or have been selected for a development residency at the Bonderman Symposium, the Write Now Symposium, or the Kennedy Center's New Visions New Voices Program.  The residency will take place between January and May 2015 on dates agreed between the selected school and the selected playwright.  The information and application form can be found by following this link:  PIOS10_2016_Call_for_Playwr.docx More information on the Playwrights in our Schools program, including another link to the application form, is posted at under the PLAYWRIGHTS IN OUR SCHOOLS tab. For questions or more information, contact John Newman,


AATE Unpublished Play Reading Project  This event takes place every two years.  Scripts are submitted in the Fall of even numbered years and the winning scripts are presented in scene readings at the AATE national conference in even years.  Submissions are due December 17, 2015 with showcase readings at the 2016 AATE national conference in Boston.  All scripts are reviewed by playwrights, directors, and producers in the field and all submitting playwrights receive written feedback.  Winning scripts (usually 4 to 6 per year) are listed in the AATE Directory of Award Winning Plays.  For submission guidelines follow this link:  UPRP_2016_Guidelines.docx  For questions contact Jeremy Kisling,  A backup link is posted at

Playwrights Slam Each year at the AATE National Conference, the Playwrights Slam offers a preview of new work by AATE member playwrights. Whether you are a new or established playwright, member artists are allowed five minutes to showcase their latest plays. Click here for video footage of the event.


Publishers' Showcase  Publishers who exhibit at the AATE national conferences work with the Playwright Network to identify new works important for the field. In odd-numbered years, scenes from these plays are presented at the AATE national conference.  For more information on the Publsihers' Showcase at the 2015 AATE Conference in Milwaukee, contact Jeremy Kisling,





What Do Playwrights for Young Audiences Need to Know? Click here to find 21 answers from Sandra Fenichel Asher, Max Bush, Diane Crews, Carol Korty, Joanna Kraus, Judy Matetzschk, James Still, and Dorothy Webb.


How Can I Increase My Exposure On AATE's Website? AATE member playwrights can create their own personalized web pages to promote their latest work. For instructions, click here to download the PowerPoint document.  If you are experiencing difficulty with the download, you can also click here to view as a video clip.

    AATE Award Winning Plays Directory

    Item Name Posted By Date Posted
    2015 Award Winning Plays Directory DOC (227.5 KB) J. Newman 7/21/2015
    AATE Award Winning Plays, Sortable Spreadsheet XLSX (80.9 KB) J. Newman 7/29/2015

    New Plays by Member Playwrights

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    New Plays by AATE Member Playwrights, 2009
    Item Name Posted By Date Posted
    2015 New Plays by Members Directory DOC (121 KB) J. Newman 7/21/2015
    2015 Conference Guide for Playwriting Network DOCX (25.37 KB) J. Newman 7/21/2015
    PIOS 2016 Playwright Info & Application DOCX (18.92 KB)  more ] J. Newman 8/1/2015
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