Columbia Hosts 33rd Young Playwrights Festival

Columbia College Theatre Students
The Young Playwrights Festival helps inspire Chicago high school students to write dynamic one-act plays for the stage.


Columbia College Chicago is hosting Pegasus Theatre’s 33rd annual Young Playwrights Festival from January 8 through January 25 at the Courtyard Theatre in the Getz Theater Center of Columbia College Chicago.

The Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) inspires Chicago high school students to write one-act plays based on their own histories, communities, and experiences. Winning productions are workshopped and professionally produced. Over 500 submissions were received in 2019. This year’s selections are the following:

Public in Private written by Angelina Davila and directed by Juan Ramirez
Clause 42 written by Henry Williams and directed by Jason A. Fleece
Cobalt written by Reba Brennan and directed by Ilesa Duncan

"It is a great opportunity to have young theatremakers visit our campus, particularly seeing the work of other young artists,” said Susan Padveen, associate professor and associate chair of the Theatre Department at Columbia College Chicago. “We’re looking forward to some of them becoming freshmen playwrights, directors and designers here at Columbia in the not-too-distant future!"

The festival, which was founded in 1987, is the second largest festival of its kind in the country.  Tickets can be purchased here.