Young Playwrights Project

For the last century, the Santa Fe Playhouse has been a mainstay of Santa Fe’s theater community. As the cornerstone of our educational outreach, we launched a new program in 2019, the Young Playwrights Project.

The mission of the Young Playwrights Project (YPP)— a fun, focused and free course on playwriting and creative expression leading to performance—is to use theater as a tool to serve unheard children and teens in the Santa Fe area. Under the guidance of theater professional Marguerite Louise Scott, YPP is designed to engage and expand children’s literacy, life skills, conflict resolution, attitudes towards learning, and means of expression.

YPP Goals

  1. Provide students with a creative outlet to express their original voices through playwriting and acting, developing their individual competency, and stretching their imaginations and skillsets.
  2. Give the students the structured support of a creative community where all voices are valued and honored, and the opportunity to grow and mature within that creative space.
  3. Encourage the students to have fun while learning in a safe, supportive environment among peers and adult professionals.

YPP Online Schedule Beginning March 23

These classes are FREE to young people, ages 8-16.

To continue to support and engage young people in the Santa Fe Playhouse’s Young Playwrights Project (YPP) during the coronavirus pandemic and school shutdowns, this free program is now available online and adding additional classes.
Using Zoom, any and all students, ages 8-16, seeking a fun and creative outlet can now participate in YPP. Participants will connect with peers, participate in creativity exercises to learn new skills, increase literacy skills, empower their authentic voices, help with conflict resolution, and improve their attitude towards learning.
These free, two-hour, online classes provide a safe and nurturing environment for students to process their emotions, engage in improvisation games and creativity exercises, creative writing, and playwriting. To join this group, students and/or parents can send an email of interest to or call (505) 500-4043 for more information.

YPP Spring 2020 Schedule

After the coronavirus pandemic,
classes will resume meeting at the libraries.

Mondays 4 – 5:30 pm at the Southside Library
January 13 – May 18

Instructors Benjamin Bailey-Buhner and Marguerite Louise Scott lead young people in improvisation and creativity exercises designed to stimulate and nurture their creative expression and build confidence, as well as learn the importance and value of teamwork and collaborative skills.

No registration is necessary and drop-ins welcome! Come when you can, but the more you attend, the more FUN we will have together.

Wednesdays 4 – 5:30 pm at the La Farge Library 
January 15 – May 20

An advanced invitation-only workshop for those young people who demonstrate an interest, passion, and focus on developing their creative writing skills through scene development, monologues, plays, and stories.
Instructor Marguerite Louise Scott leads participants through a progressive series of advanced improvisation, creativity, and writing exercises that heighten, deepen, and expand the students’ written works, which culminate in presentations and performances at the Santa Fe Playhouse. Regular attendance is required.


This summer, YPP is planning several two-week intensives, including a bilingual (English/Spanish) camp for young people, ages 8-16. If you are interested in the summer program, please email or call (505) 500-4043 for more information.


Yes, FREE for young people ages 8-16. Through grants, fundraising, and donations, the Santa Fe Playhouse raises the funds required to support this program, including staff salaries, theater operating expenses, and administrative costs.

If you would like to become a program sponsor or donor, please click here to support this important program.