Young Playwrights introduces young people to writing for the theater and for themselves. Founded by Stephen Sondheim in 1981, Young Playwrights offers many celebrated programs for young people and teachers, and is a model for playwright development programs across the U.S. and Canada.

Young Playwrights is the recipient of two Obies, the NY Drama Critics Circle Award, the Margo Jones Award, the Villager Award, 20 Newsday Oppys, the Alliance for the Arts Schools and Culture Award, the Children's Theater Foundation Medallion, and the Jujamcyn Theaters Award; and was a consultant to the Presidents' Summit for America's Future.