Young Playwrights Workshop

at Gloucester Stage Company

Do you know an imaginative child who loves to write? Let them share their creativity with likeminded peers. The Young Playwrights Workshop is designed to introduce or cultivate a passion for storytelling. Four online sessions will give students the opportunity to write and refine scripts through a multi-draft process with professional playwright Deirdre Girard. 

Sessions will be recorded in case your child can’t make a lesson, or wants to go back and watch it again. 

Participation in the Young Playwrights Workshop will give students access to submit their ten-minute plays to our 2020 Young Playwrights Festival. Selected plays will be cast, rehearsed and performed over zoom.

**If you have trouble accessing the virtual classroom email Education Director, Heidi Dallin dallinheidi@gmail.com

The Summer 2020 Workshop is entirely online. For students who miss a class, all recordings will be available here later that day.

Deirdre Girard, who has a passion for creating distinctive stage roles for women, completed her MFA in Playwriting at Boston University. She has had dozens of one-act plays produced nationally and internationally and her first full-length play The Christina Experiment was produced by the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, MA. Deirdre was named a 2012/13 and returning 2013/14 Playwriting Fellow at New Repertory Theater in Watertown, MA, where she developed Reconsidering Hanna(h), which received a production by Boston Playwrights Theatre in 2014. In 2015, Deirdre was selected for the BCA/Company One Play Labs developmental program and in 2016 for the TWSS program at Central Square Theater. Most recently, she completed a commission from Peabody Essex Museum for two one-act plays, won the Susan Glaspell National Short Play Award at QC Theater, Iowa for her one-act play In the Buff, and had readings of her plays Shaken and Dollar for Dollar in Boston and Chicago. She is the founder of Writer’s at Play (a Boston University Alumni Playwriting Group), a visiting playwright/instructor for Boston University’s Massachusetts Young Playwrights Project, an editor for the Stage Source New Play Alliance Newsletter, a board member for the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, and co-founder of TideTaken Playwriting Collaborative which operates a 40 seat rehearsal studio available at no cost to North Shore theater organizations.


No Child turned away due to lack of funds. For information about scholarship, please contact Education Director, Heidi Dallin at dallinheidi@gmail.com

Registration is Closed for the Young Playwrights Workshop. If you’re looking to register for the Youth Acting Workshops, click here.

New Play Submissions for 2020 Young Playwrights Festival are closed.


The Young Playwrights Festival gives writers 18 and under the opportunity to workshop their plays and see them performed live by youth and professional actors. Plays should be under 10 minutes. The theme for this year’s festival will be announced in July.

Lineup for the 2020 Festival TO BE ANNOUNCED!