About MCT Education

Belonging is our compass.


MCT Education seeks

  • To empower the expression of student viewpoints.

  • To shed light on the narrative of Milwaukee’s younger generations.

  • To elevate student voices, both artists and patrons, as mirrors for and windows into our city and its future.

  • To cultivate the talents of emerging local theater artists. To these ends,


Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s comprehensive education programming features learning opportunities for humans of all ages. In-school workshops, student matinees, internships, pre- and post-performance programs for all patrons, and resources for more information comprise our work.

MCT’s flagship education program, the Young Playwrights Festival, features an annual playwriting residency and one-act play competition for high school students. Winning plays from two years running appear in a biennial showcase professionally produced by MCT.


Find out more here or by contacting Marcella Kearns, Associate Artistic Director. We’d love to learn more about you. We’d love to have you join our story.


April - June




Calling all Wisconsin playwrights in grades 9-12:

Have a script or want to write one? MCT’s annual YPF Playwriting Competition is open for entries!

See “CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS” below for details. Share your stories. Enter for a chance to win a cash prize and inclusion in MCT’s biennial YPF Showcase in 2023!



YPF in-school playwriting residencies continue through the remainder of the semester. Many thanks to core teacher mentors at Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School, Messmer High School, and Divine Savior Holy Angels for your partnership this school year.



YPF Playwriting Residencies:

Seeking School Partners for 2021-2022!


MCT Education is pleased to announce that Young Playwrights Festival Playwriting Residencies for high school students have not only continued through the course of the pandemic, but have adapted to meet virtual or hybrid learning learning platforms. Whether your school accepts visitors or needs to bring teaching artists to your classroom online, we’d love to discuss how we may serve you. Find out more about YPF Playwriting Residencies for your high school students here.













YPF Playwriting Competition:

Announcing the Top Ten Distinguished Plays of 2021


MCT Education is thrilled to share the winners of the 2021 Young Playwrights Festival Playwriting Competition. The following plays, written both in virtual/hybrid playwriting residencies last school year and independently, will enter the final round of competition this coming year for a chance at a world premiere or public reading by MCT in our Young Playwrights Festival Showcase 2023.


We wish to commend the creativity, vulnerability, honesty, and courage of all of our writers. In order to tell their stories, residency students had to contend with technology blips, shorter class times, the isolation of the virtual space, and all of the personal and collective challenges our community faces with an ongoing pandemic. Independent writers had to bring even more will to the table as self-starters in the creative sphere. Our Milwaukee teens are our heroes, and we can’t wait to hear what they’ll write next. Be on the lookout for more work from YPF this year!


Congratulations to our Top Ten of 2021!



by Joshua Kloss

A writer plots to murder his friend in revenge, but he doesn’t count on a witness’ sharp eye.

Based at Homestead High School

Classroom teacher: Angelina Cicero



by Noor Hamed

A star student and athlete, the daughter of immigrants, contends with parental expectations.

Based at Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School

Classroom teacher: Carrie Baker Jackson



by Joselyn Soto

A young woman struggling with grief and addiction relies on the bond of a steadfast friend.

Based at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Classroom teacher: Catie O’Donnell



by Max Kiekhofer

A century after coronavirus changes the face of America, a teen rebels against isolation.

Based at Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School

Classroom teacher: Carrie Baker Jackson



by Natalia Beans

The son of a Japanese crime magnate says goodbye to friends at LAX.

Based at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School

Classroom teacher: Zachary Ziegler



by Elise Yamat

Two customers want the same album. Both will get more than they bargained for.

Based at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School

Classroom teacher: Kayla Gilgenbach



by Sam Brower

An adult son in grief tries to help a mother in denial over the depth of their loss.

Based at Whitefish Bay High School



by Gabriella Hartlaub

A teen news team fights to save their show from cancellation. But who’s going to the dance?

Based at Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School

Classroom teacher: Carrie Baker Jackson



by Anna Nelson

A young woman’s dream to take over a Colorado bakery gets a boost from an unlikely source.

Based at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School

Classroom teacher: Zachary Ziegler



by Joy Figueroa

A reaper-in-training wants to dose out love and glitter, but you can’t always get what you want.

Based at Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School

Classroom teacher: Carrie Baker Jackson


Call for Submissions: 2022 Young Playwrights Festival Playwriting Competition

MCT seeks one-act plays for our annual YPF Playwriting Competition!

Playwrights finishing grades 9-12: Submit an original one-act play not yet produced to MCT’s annual competition for emerging Wisconsin playwrights.


Ten plays will be chosen as the Top Ten Distinguished Plays of 2022 and enter the final round of competition for our biennial celebration of new work by young playwrights, the YPF Showcase, slated for the week of March 20, 2023.



  • Submission via Google Form or email: timestamped by June 1, 2022, 11:59 PM

  • Submission via hard copy: postmarked by June 1, 2022



Playwrights must be Wisconsin students in grades 9-12 during the 2021-2022 school year. MCT especially encourages entries from our community (students in the Metro Milwaukee area and surrounding region). Plays entered must have had no prior production in a professional setting.


To Submit Your Play to the YPF Playwriting Competition

  • Complete your play using the required format below.

  • Submit your entry via the 2022 YPF Playwriting Competition Entry Form.

  • You will have the option to upload your play directly to this Google Form. If you have any difficulty accessing the Google Form or uploading your play, contact Marcella Kearns for alternative options.


Required Format

Scripts must be typed, original plays on any subject suitable for a high school audience. MCT can provide a writeable template or sample format if you would like to use one. Format as follows:

  • a title page with your name

  • a character/setting page

  • a complete script


TIPS FOR WRITING: Preferred play length is 15-20 pages. The play’s cast should require no more than six actors, including non-speaking roles.


Selection and Notification of Winning Entries, Prizes, and Next Steps

Scripts will be read and considered anonymously. Hard copies submitted will not be returned.

The YPF Playwriting Competition runs on an annual finalist selection and biennial showcase cycle. Plays distinguished as the Top Ten of 2022 will be announced in June or July 2022. The Top Ten Plays of 2021 will join the Top Ten of 2022 as finalists in our YPF Showcase review and competition in summer 2022. The top six plays chosen will receive a cash prize and inclusion in the YPF Showcase 2023. Playwrights will be invited to partake in the production process.

Special Thanks

Education made possible by these community leaders



UPAF Bright Minds,
presented by BMO Harris Bank

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