Young Writers of Color Collective (YWoCC)

Are you one of the next, great voices of your generation? Join our Young Writers of Color Collective (YWoCC)—a year-long playwriting apprenticeship for emerging writers of color in grades 9–12.

YWoCC is lifting the veil of the playmaking process and giving you the chance to experience your passions full throttle. Selected teens will dive deep into a unique course of study under the guidance and mentorship of top Bay Area theatre-makers, including professional playwrights, directors, dramaturgs, and actors. Participants will complete in-depth writing workshops, see local theatre as a group, witness a professional rehearsal process, and create original works to be showcased at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor in June 2020.

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About YWoCC

Young Writers of Color Collective aims to equip the next generation of playwrights with the tools necessary to give voice to their stories, struggles, and triumphs. Over the course of a year, selected high school students will participate in an intense study of playwriting, being taught and mentored by a range of professional Bay Area artists. Each student will be tasked with writing and polishing three original pieces as part of the apprenticeship—one of which will receive a professional staged reading in January 2020. Through spring 2020, students will develop a one-act play. Excerpts of their final piece will be performed in a special event during the 2020 Ground Floor Summer Residency Lab alongside the Bay Area’s most sought-after actors and directors.

In addition to writing sessions, group events will be scheduled, including opportunities to see various Bay Area theatre productions and attend rehearsals for a new play being produced in Berkeley Rep’s 2019–20 season.

YWoCC’s main objective is to bring access, mentorship, and artistic training to Bay Area teens of color, while helping them build a relationship with a premier regional theatre company. YWoCC is born from the belief that it is no longer enough for those of us in American Theatre to say that we want a diverse and young audience without actually doing the work of making the audiences we seek truly believe there is a place for them in our theatres.

How to apply

Bay Area high school students (grades 9–12) who racially/ethnically identify themselves as a young person of color are eligible to apply.

YWoCC is a playwriting program, but writers of all disciplines are welcome to apply (i.e., playwriting, poetry, spoken word, fiction/non-fiction, etc.). No formal writing experience is required.

Ideal applicants are highly motivated, serious-minded individuals who will commit to a year’s worth of training, meeting time, and mentorship, while maintaining academic success outside of the program.

Application form

Students should complete an online application form, which includes:

  • Student info
  • Parent/guardian contact info
  • Three short questions (see below)


Students are asked to answer one of the following questions as a part of the application (the answer should be 100 words minimum):

  • Who in your life inspires you most? Why?
  • If you could change one thing about the world today, what would it be?
  • What was the last thing you saw/read/heard that “moved” you?

Application deadline was September 20, 2019.

2017–18 YWoCC artists and playwrights

YWoCC artists and playwrights final presentation 2018

2018–19 YWoCC final presentation

YWoCC final presentation 2019



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