With generous support from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, the Gobioff Foundation, and our incredible partnership with our mentor company, Stageworks Theatre, our TYA Playwrights Festival is a developmental program dedicated to providing a working forum for progressive and forward-thinking TYA productions for today’s theatres. Our goal with this program is to select three new plays for a collaborative workshop process, with local Tampa Bay Theatre professionals – directors, stage managers, actors and designers, in addition to members of our Young Artists’ Ensemble - the YAE (an auditioned group of high school students from around the Tampa Bay area, who work alongside our professional in an educational internship program). We are planning for a brief rehearsal period of approximately three days, allowing time for playwrights to hear and adapt their work within the rehearsal process. The festival will culminate in a presentation of these works for the general public as part of the TYA Festival Showcase, giving ThinkTank and Tampa Bay audiences larger exposure to new works, as well as offering the playwrights an opportunity to get feedback from the audience during the development process.

2021 ThinkTank

TYA Playwrights Festival 

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2021 ThinkTank

TYA Playwrights Festival Submission Guidelines:

NOTE: ThinkTank believes TYA material should reflect the world our young people currently experience and, as such, we do not shy away from mature topics and subject matter. Please feel free to submit plays that might fit this genre. Plays with diverse casting, including young actors and special-needs individuals, will be given special consideration. Musicals will also be considered. Please email Producing Artistic Director, Georgia Mallory Guy, at Info@ThinkTankTYA.org with any questions you many have including info on how to submit new musicals for consideration.

Deadline for first-round submissions: March 31st, 2021

- Deadline for New Dramatists, Agent and PW Center Submissions: TBA

Please contact Georgia Mallory Guy at Info@ThinkTankTYA.org Subject: TYA Playwrights Festival.


- Playwrights with work on NPX may contact Producing Artistic Director, Georgia Mallory Guy, with name of play to be downloaded.


- For Round One, please select a scene or up to 20 pages from the play that you feel best showcases your piece.


- You are welcome to also submit a further description of the full-length play.


­- Plays should have had no prior Florida Professional Productions.

(If the play has had a workshop production, please include this information in your email or an attached letter about the company, # of performances, and contact information, if applicable.)


- Playwrights moved into Round Two for TYA Festival Showcase will be contacted mid-April to submit the full-length draft of their play. All Playwrights will be contacted by the end April of 2021, regarding to their submission.

Playwrights selected for the workshop process will receive travel and housing consideration to be present for the tech process and Festival Showcase to take place July 10th, 2021.


Playwrights selected for the workshop process will also receive a $500 award for their play submission, generously gifted to the 2021 ThinkTank TYA Playwrights Festival by the Gobioff Foundation.


Prefer to send paper submission?

Send submissions to:

Attn: Georgia Mallory Guy, TYA Playwrights Festival

ThinkTank Theatre

3690 W. Gandy Blvd 432

Tampa, FL 33611