The Palm Springs Young Playwrights Festival (PSYPF) is a program of Coyote Stageworks. The Festival plays a critical role in training and supporting the next generation of theater artists. It provides Riverside County playwrights — ages 8 to 18 — an opportunity to bring their thoughts, voices, and unique perspective on the world into the public consciousness.
Given decreased public-school funding, the arts are less accessible to our youth, which can make a career in the arts seem unattainable. PSYPF works to fill this gap by providing students an opportunity to be fully immersed in an artistic production, to have their voices heard, and to be introduced to professional theater.
A panel of theater professionals — actors, directors, writers — read and evaluate submitted plays. Playwrights who get selected through the screening process receive directing and mentoring to build their skills, talent, and confidence; their plays are directed and performed in a public reading each June by seasoned professional artists at The Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot Movie Theatre).
PSYPF partners with the Visual and Performing Arts Administrator of the Riverside County Office of Education to coordinate the effort of finding the young playwrights. The Palm Springs Young Playwrights Festival is underwritten by The Western Wind Foundation/Jeremy Hobbs.
Palm Springs Young Playwrights Festival is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization.