24th Annual Chicago Young Playwrights Festival

Festival Director: Ilesa Duncan
January 7–31, 2010

An annual Chicago tradition and the oldest of its kind in the country, The Chicago Young Playwrights Festival receives 800+ submitted plays, each year, by teenagers throughout the city. Three winnning teen playwrights have been selected and their one-act works will be performed at Pegasus. YPF showcases the next generation of playwrights, allowing audiences a glimpse into the minds of today’s youth.

Pegasus Players’ received a record-breaking 803 scripts for the Young Playwrights Festival. After months of evaluating and choosing ten finalists and ten honorable mentions, on June 29, 2009 our panel of Judges selected the following winning plays for our 24th Annual Young Playwrights Festival:


The Winning playwrights will receive a full, professional production of their short plays in January 2010, a $500 cash award and a mentorship with a professional playwright during the production phase.

KAT BLACKBURN, deliver me from evil – Lincoln Park HS – Bart Hanson, Teacher

GABRIELLA BONAMICI, The Nowhere People– Whitney Young HS – Jim English, Teacher

GIXIANG LEE, Roller Coaster – Northside College Prep – Ebykepreye Porri, Teacher


The seven Finalists will receive a $100 cash prize. All the writers in the final round will receive a plaque commemorating their participation at the Opening Night Festivities on Monday, January 11, 2010

Zoe Stergiannis, Green Thumbs– Whitney Young HS – Charlene Floreani , Teacher

Cassandra Cooper, Infecting Suburbia – Taft HS – Jennifer Sutton, Teacher

Priscilla Pagan, Veiled Voice – Lane Tech HS – Molly Meacham, Teacher

Celia Hensey, Better Rich – Kenwood Academy- Jon Nemeth, Teacher

Alexandra Barnard, Contributions – Kenwood Academy – Jon Nemeth, Teacher

Alice H. Thatcher, Modern Conveniences – Northside College Prep – Ebykepreye Porri, Teacher

Angie Ortiz, Jolie Has A Secret – Lane Tech HS – Brian Telles, Teacher


The Honorable Mention award winners received certificates of recognition at the celebration on June 29, 2009.

Rachel Spaulding, Needs – Northside College Prep – John Hahm , Teacher

Eric Secviar. Crime Doesn’t – Mt. Carmel HS – John Haggerty, Teacher & Assistant Principal

Peter Weglarz, Operation Alice – Whitney Young HS – Heather Worley, Teacher

Iris De Los Santos , The Fire Alarm – Whitney Young HS – Jim English , Teacher

Susana Ramirez , Minnesota Nice – Taft HS – Jennifer Sutton, Teacher

Ashley Berry, Relate – Sullivan HS – Deborah Hogan, Teacher

Anna Rich, The Blessed Virgin or Not? – CICS Northtown Academy – Jeanette Thompson, Teacher

Nolan Chin, Block 9 – Lincoln Park HS – Bart Hanson, Teacher

Stephanie Perez, Reflections in Mali – Schurz HS – Michael Rychlewski, Teacher

Jessica Aguirre, The Secret Clandestine – John Hancock HS, Jason Safranek, Teacher