Founded in 2003, PlayWrite works with youth at the edge, supporting them as they write and direct their original plays. 

Our workshop model combines theater games, personal writing, and leadership development to create a brave space for young people to write a play rooted in their own emotional experiences. Trained coaches work one-on-one with writers to develop three non-human characters; each writer's work ultimately explores conflict. At the end of the workshop, participants direct professional actors in producing a staged reading of their work in a free public performance. We facilitate workshops year-round.


PlayWrite is in the Willamette Week Give!Guide!

We are excited to participate for the fourth year in a row. If you are 35 & Under, remember to check the box at the bottom of the donation page. McMenamins is giving a $1,000 prize to the organization in our category with the most donors 35 & Under. Spread the word and help us win that prize!

Click here, check out our amazing incentives, and donate today!


Renowned Portland-based filmmaker Brian Lindstrom created a cinema verité documentary about PlayWrite called "Writing Myself." Watch the trailer below!