2022 Youth Playwright Slam

Youth Playwright Slam

The Colorado New Play Festival, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado, launched the first Youth Playwright Slam in 2022 as a way to give voice to aspiring writers in the community. Writers are mentored over the course of several months to develop original stories that are read on stage by professional actors as a kick off to the festival.

“When I’m done writing a story I feel complete,” Sofia, 15 years old.

Why encouraging our youth to write is important
Writing is a way for people to express and explore difficult emotions. COVID-19 has had an impact on our youth. Suicide rates and depression are up. Neither children nor adults fully understand the impacts of the last two years . Writing is an important tool for utilizing creativity to take dreams, fears, joy and grief out of our minds and onto the page to share with others. Through this, people share the most basic human emotions in a common space. The Youth Playwright Slam celebrates the courage and the talent in our community as Northwest Colorado youth share their stories, poems and plays with the world.

About the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado The Boys & Girls Club helps Routt County, Yampa Valley and Moffat County children realize their full potential in their communities.