Three Up

International Youth Playwriting Program

Young People’s Theatre (YPT), Britain’s Action Transport Theatre and Australia’s Ryde Youth Theatre are thrilled to partner on Three Up, an international program for young writers aged 13-17. YPT is looking for four young people from the GTA with a passion for writing and interest in building their skills to be part of this six month international collaboration. The Three Up program provides the opportunity for youth to reach beyond their own borders to build community with peers from the UK and Australia while working with professional local and international playwrights and facilitators.

Call for Applications

We are looking for participants for the Three Up program who:

  • are between the ages of 13 -17,
  • have experience with and interest in creative writing (plays, poems, short stories, etc.),
  • have an interest in building international creative collaborations,
  • are able to commit to attend all in-person sessions at YPT (schedule included below),
  • are able to commit a minimum of two hours a week to independent writing and/or correspondence with international writing partners and
  • have access to the internet, a personal e-mail address and permission to use a Facebook account to access our closed Facebook group.

Three Up Program Schedule

Online Work:
Participants will be added to the Three Up Facebook group and given the first assignment of the program during the week of November 26th.

The Three Up Facebook group is the participant’s primary way to share and discuss the writing process and completed works with their peers and facilitators from each country. Assignments will be regularly posted on the Facebook group throughout the six month program.

In-person Sessions:
In-person sessions will take place on Thursdays from 6PM to 8PM on the following dates:

January – Jan 10, 2018 and Jan 24, 2019
February – Feb 7, 2019 and Feb 21, 2019
March – Mar 7, 2019 and Mar 21, 2019
April – April 4, 2019 and April 18, 2019
May – May 2, 2019

There will be a final session with a presentation on Saturday June 22, 2019

In-person meetings will occur with YPT facilitators and the four Canadian participants at YPT (165 Front Street, Toronto). The purpose of these meetings will be to provide instruction on playwriting, discuss ongoing collaborative work with international partners, monitor progress and share completed works.

Click here for more information about Action Transport Theatre (ATT).
Click here for more information about Ryde Youth Theatre.

How to Apply:

Complete and submit the Three Up Program Application Form along with two writing samples.

All applications will be reviewed and assessed by the Three Up program facilitators, YPT’s Community Programs Manager and YPT’s Associate Artistic Director & Dramaturg. Applications will be assessed for merit, potential and writing craft.

Deadline for the Three Up Program Application has been extended until all spots are filled.

For further information, please contact Aimee Bouchard, Community Programs Manager at 416.363.5131 x216 | Please submit your materials, with the subject line “Three Up Program Application” to

This program is part of The Ada Slaight Education Centre at YPT, established through a generous donation from The Slaight Family Foundation.

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