Books

Directing Kids

Directing the school play for the first time? Or maybe you've been directing plays with young people for a while, but are always looking for ways to improve. Anyone who wants to help young casts create memorable theatrical experiences for themselves and their audiences will benefit from Directing Kids, a comprehensive guide to directing and producing plays with young people.

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Go Solo: Contemporary Monologues for Young Actors

A diverse collection of more than six dozen monologues from plays published by YouthPLAYS, for young actors ranging from middle school through university, ideal for auditions, classroom work and competition. Available as a paperback book for individual use or as an ebook that includes a photocopy license for classroom use.

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Young Playwrights 101: Revised Edition

Do your students want to write plays that will actually get produced? Or are you a budding young playwright yourself? Then meet your new best friend. Young Playwrights 101: Revised Edition will guide young writers from initial idea to submission and beyond. It's a complete course, organized in easy-to-follow lessons and filled with practical exercises designed to hone young writers' skills and get them writing better plays faster.

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Anthologies

Follow That Funny

Comedy. 140 - 165 minutes. 2-30 females, 2-21 males (4-41 performers possible).
High school and older.

Fifteen short comedies, ideal for classroom use, competition or one-act festivals, offer teen actors the opportunity to tackle a wide variety of styles and subjects as they stretch their acting chops and tickle their funny bones.

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Middle Schoolin' It

Anthology. 140 - 160 minutes. Up to 23 females and 19 males.
Middle school and older.

Fifteen short plays, ideal for classroom use, competition or one-act festivals, offer middle school actors the opportunity to tackle a wide variety of styles and subjects in plays that range from light-hearted romps to serious looks at what it means to grow up.

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New Voices: Winning One-Acts by Young Playwrights

Anthology. 170 - 230 minutes. 20-45 females, 15-40 males (35-85 performers possible).
High school and older.

Eight talented young writers chronicle our coming of age in this collection of winning one-acts from the New Voices competition. Whether it's lampooning teen rites of passage like college admissions or the dreaded driver's test, exploring relationships with families, friends and would-be significant others, or taking on serious issues like mental health and eating disorders, these playwrights pull no punches and write with honesty about the world in which they find themselves.

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On the Edge: Challenging Short Plays for Teen Actors

Anthology. 120 - 140 minutes. 2-18 females, 2-12 males (4-30 performers possible).
High school and older.

Fifteen edgy short plays to challenge high school actors, ideal for classroom use, competition or one-act festivals.

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