Playwriting Contest



Calling all Native American and Indigenous playwrights under the age of 25!

The Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program is hosting its first playwriting contest, and is looking for young Native writers to submit plays.

Winners will be given a cash prize and will be invited to come to an expenses-paid trip to Yale University, where their play will be workshopped and performed with Native playwrights such as Mary Kathryn Nagle (Writer of Sliver of a Full Moon and My Father’s Bones).

Important Dates

February 15th: Deadline to submit plays to

March 15th: Announcement of winners

Mid-April (exact date TBD): Workshopping and production of play


To submit, playwright must be under the age of 25 and identify as Native.

 Plays must be full-length, and not more than 120 pages, and written in standard play-script format with one-inch margins, #12 Times or Courier font, all pages numbered. 

Front page of script must list: 

- Title of play

- Full Name 

- Date of birth

- Email

- Phone number

-Tribal Affiliation


The Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program is honored to commence its inaugural Native student playwriting contest with nine of the most esteemed professionals in Native American theater today.  The judges reviewing the submitted plays are:

Madeline Sayet, Daniel Banks, Vickie Ramirez, Sarah D’Angelo, Jason Grasl, Jake Hart, Tara Moses, William Yellowrobe, Lee Francis.