Join us on May 6, 2018 at 3:00pm for the 2017-2018 High School Playwriting Project! 

Free Admission

Semi-finalists (listed alphabetically by playwright):


Ryder Hartsfield, Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts

Teacher: Lindy Davis


Destiny Middleton, Colors of Existence, Haltom High School

Teacher: Renee Norris


KT Mudry, He Speaks in Riddles, Fossil Ridge High School

Teacher: Kelsey Easterling


Hadassah Trinkman, The Boy Inside, Boswell High School

Teacher: Melissa Benton Wallis

About the High School Playwriting Project

The High School Playwriting Project began as a collaboration between Rose Pearson and Larry Boston (an Eastern Hills High School theatre teacher) in 1996. When Mr. Boston received a playwriting scholarship award from the Star-Telegram, he approached Ms. Pearson with the idea of having readings of his students’ plays at Circle Theatre, presented by a professional director and cast of actors. 


Each year, the Project begins with annual invitations to area high school teachers to enter 10-minute scripts, written by their students, for evaluation by an experienced panel of  theatre peers. These judges read the anonymously-submitted plays, write responses for each script, and choose 20 plays to send to Connie Whitt-Lambert, theatre professor at Texas Wesleyan University.


Connie Whitt-Lambert and her playwriting students then provide written analyses for each of the selected twenty plays.  From these twenty submissions, up to four playwrights are then invited to the Wesleyan campus for additional discussion about their work. This provides an opportunity to edit their original submissions.


Teachers in Fort Worth and surrounding communities, who wish to participate in next year’s Playwriting Project, may email Matthew Gray at

This Project  is not limited to theatre classes.

The High School Playwriting Project is underwritten by the Pangburn Foundation, JP Morgan, trustee