The 20th Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival

Directed by: Touchstone Ensemble & Special Guests

Written by: Local Student Playwrights

Performed by: Touchstone Ensemble & Special Guests

May 2025


Child created, professionally elevated.

Young Playwrights’ Lab programming brings the magic of performance into the classroom by guiding students through the process of writing their own original one-act plays. Each year, a group of exceptional plays is chosen to be produced at the Young Playwrights’ Festival. Selected plays are lovingly designed and directed by one of our ensemble members, and performed onstage by community and professional actors. There’s nothing like it in the Lehigh Valley!

Creado por niños, profesionalmente elevado.

La programación del Laboratorio de Jóvenes Dramaturgos lleva la magia del teatro al salón de clase, guiando a los estudiantes a través del proceso de escribir sus propias obras originales de un acto. Cada año, un grupo de obras excepcionales es elegido para ser producido en el Festival de Jóvenes Dramaturgos. Las obras seleccionadas son cuidadosamente diseñadas y dirigidas por uno de los miembros de nuestro elenco, e interpretadas en el escenario por actores profesionales y de la comunidad. ¡No hay nada igual en el Lehigh Valley!

What Is Young Playwrights’ Lab?

Nineteen years ago, Touchstone created the Young Playwrights’ Lab as a way to bring the magic of performance into the classroom. Focused on improving attitudes towards literacy and boosting self-esteem and creative expression, our program guides the students through the process of writing their own original one act plays. Using a combination of improvisations, theater games, and writing exercises, our teaching artists provide the tools our students need to flourish and grow into full fledged playwrights. Each year, we select the most exceptional plays to be produced at our annual Young Playwrights’ Festival. Come join us, and celebrate as our professional artists bring the students’ beautifully imagined worlds and delightfully creative characters to life!

[Image description: A graphic of two photos stacked on top of the other. The top photo shows a group of elementary-age students putting their hands into the middle of a circle, motion-blurred and smiling. The bottom photo shows a group of actors in colorful costumes, adopting a similar pose. In between, the words “Young Playwrights’ Festival” in white against a blue background.]