Plays for Young Audiences (PYA) is the script licensing program of the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis (CTC), the leading theatre for young people in North America. CTC is well-known for commissioning scripts that are topical, contemporary, fantastical, and written by some of today’s leading playwrights. In addition to CTC’s body of work, PYA also represents a cannon of sophisticated, high-quality plays and musicals for young audiences created by respected playwrights nationally and internationally. Through its service to the larger children’s theatre community, PYA is a catalyst to drive the field of theatre for young people to new heights.


“Your selection is by far the most artistically sound, challenging dramatic literature for young actors I have found. Thank you and keep up the fine work!”

“I’m very glad to have found you. For years I’ve wondered how to have access to the great scripts produced by CTC and Seattle!”

“You offer a wonderful variety of tantalizing titles by diverse playwrights.”

“Your different titles are great. These are actually shows for children without talking down to children.”

“We look to Seattle and Minneapolis to lead the way, so it is fantastic that these scripts reach the licensing stage so quickly.”

“It really helps that the plays offered in the PYA catalog have been produced by two of the top children’s theatres in the nation.”

“Your scripts are always of high quality. We look for scripts that parents AND children can enjoy, and many other scripts out there are terrible for adults.”

“PYA has uniqueness of texts that are unavailable anywhere else.”

“PYA has great music and stories other play services are just starting to tap into.”

“I think your organization has done a great deal to make relevant new work in theatre for young audiences available in a timely and efficient manner, and without all the headaches of direcly licensing through authors. Thank you!”

“PYA was a brilliant idea. Keep up the good work!”

“Overall, PYA is my favorite catalog, has the most attractive selection and the ‘smartest’ scripts I have read. I can recognize all of the amazing talent among your writers and producers, and it is inspiring the work that I do. Thank you!”

Submission Policy

Plays for Young Audiences primarily represents plays and musicals originally commissioned and/or produced by either Seattle Children’s Theatre or The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis. Occasionally PYA will consider representing other works of PYA playwrights or works recommended by an artistic director, literary manager or dramaturg affiliated with a professional theater.

We regret that we are unable to accept unsolicited manuscripts.