Winners of the Second Annual Young Playwright to be Read on Stage April 17

West Palm Beach, Fla. – Palm Beach Dramaworks is delighted to announce that 19 students from five middle schools are the winners of the second annual Young Playwrights 1-Minute Play Contest. Inspired by PBD’s hugely popular Young Playwrights 10-Minute Play Contest for high school students, the 1-Minute Play Contest is open to all Palm Beach County students in grades six through eight and challenges them to tell a complete story in just 60 seconds. The plays will receive a staged reading by professional actors in front of an audience at the Don & Anne Brown Theatre on Wednesday, April 17 at 7pm. Tickets are free, but reservations are required.

“I am so impressed with the winning plays this year,” said Gary Cadwallader, PBD’s director of education and community engagement. “Our young playwrights are writing about serious topics in their lives and in our community, and are doing so with concise and clear ideas. I am so proud that PBD is giving young artists the platform to tell their stories in a safe, nurturing environment. Everybody has a story to tell, and we encourage free expression of thoughts and ideas impacting young people.”

Winners of the 2024 Young Playwrights 1-Minute Play Contest


Bak Middle School of the Arts

The Breakup That Never Happened

by Emma Betancur

Your Royal Majesty

by Skye Davis

One Last Moment

by Maggie Douglas


by Devin Jackson

Morning Mayhem

by Daniella Lent

Crista McAuliffe Middle School


by Zunayra Erisha

The Owl and the Fiends

by Colton Shortell

Eagles Landing Middle School

All Aboard

by Giuliana Apolinario

Where Is It?

By Sarah Esmail

Watson B. Duncan Middle School

The Girlfriend

by Christina Bontrager


by Brooke DiTommaso

The Last Black Friday

by Berrak Erkuloglu

A Very Social & Definitely Enjoyable Family Reunion

by Callahan Fernandez

It’s About Time

by Beckett Hess

The Doctor’s Room

by Karina Jacobs

He’s Mine

by Nyla Matthews


by Alexandra Peña

Woodlands Middle School

The O’Clock Stop Shop

by Olivia Jada Clitus

The Room

by Dresly Pierre

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