Who to Contact?

Please email Festival Coordinator,

Sadie Lockhart, at

for more info on how to submit new musicals for consideration.

Submission Guidelines:

- Deadline for submissions: April 4th, 2022.

- Deadline for New Dramatists, Agent and PW Center Submissions: TBAPlease contact Sadie Lockhart at Subject: TYA Playwrights Festival.


-Interested in submitting your play for consideration? Please upload your Sample to:

- We will allow for tagging on NPX, but highly recommend you also submit via the google drive. Visit our website for guidelines and more information.


- 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 their submission.

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2022 Festival Info

Submissions for this year's festival are now closed. 

Looking for Gen Next

Festival Submissions?


In this second season of our 2022 TYA Playwrights Festival, ThinkTank Theatre seeks to provide a platform for forward-thinking, diverse voices for Young People and Family Audiences.

Plays selected for our TYA Festival Showcase receive rehearsal with a professional cast and director, providing an opportunity for the playwright to collaborate with other professionals during the development process. The plays are presented semi-staged, script-in-hand for audiences, providing the playwright further opportunity to develop the work, in the presence of our Tampa Bay community. The date for TYA Festival Showcase is currently set to run August 12th through the 21st, with rehearsals starting in late August 8th. 

Plays selected for the TYA Festival Showcase are under consideration for full production in a subsequent season with ThinkTank Theatre.

At ThinkTank, we make it our mission to produce inspirational, captivating, and forward-thinking professional theatre for Young People and Family Audiences. 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 and musicals with diverse casting, special-needs individuals, and characters of a younger experience (to be played by actors aged 14-18) will be given special consideration.

Playwrights selected for the workshop process will receive travel and housing consideration to be present for a portion of the Festival Showcase to take place August 12th and run through the 21st.

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


  • Genres: 

    adaptation, adventure, biography, comedy, docudrama/historic, drama, fable/folktale, fantasy, musical, mystery/thriller, parody/spoof, period, science fiction, tragedy, young audiences

  • Length: 60-90, 90 - 120 minutes

  • Cast Size: 1–10

  • Age Appropriateness: all ages, but our audiences are mostly 12 and up. 

How it's all possible!

With generous support from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners and the Gobioff Foundation, our TYA Playwrights Festival is a developmental program dedicated to providing a working forum for progressive and forward-thinking TYA productions for today’s theaters. Our goal with this program is to select two to four 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 four 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.