Festival of the Kid

The top selections from our 2023 Neighborhood Play Contest will be fully produced and staged in the Festival of the Kid, May 6, 7 and 8, 2024 at 6 and 8pm. 

AUDITIONS for K-12 Students

Saturday March 2, 2023 from 10am-5pm 

Festival of the Kid 2024 Youth Actors gain pre-professional experience within a supportive educational context. Boosting students' social connections, resume, exposure, and confidence!

Audition Signups will be available here January 2024. 

Student Performer Schedule

  • REHEARSALS 10am-4pm Saturdays March 9, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4 + Sunday May 4
  • PERFORMANCES 5-9pm Monday-Wednesday May 6, 7 and 8



Festival of the Kid May 2023

Last year we mounted 29 original plays, scenes, and monologues by writers ages 6 to 17. A cast of 34 talented young actors from various schools across DFW worked for weeks under the direction of seasoned theatre professionals to bring the words of their peers to life upon the professional stage.
Check out the recordings below!


    Night 1: Young Voices Recording

    MONDAY, MAY 15, 2023

    Directors: Aaron Knowles Dias and Lauren Riley
    For all ages. Est. running time 25-35 minutes.

    "In the Everything" by Clara Dean, FWAFA
    "The Dentist" by Jonah Hicks, FWAFA
    "If My Voice Could Travel" by Chloe Sehgal, Homeschool
    "Get Out Of My Room!" by Alaiya Mays, FWAFA
    "There Are No Small Parts" by Aria Mattera, FWAFA
    "It's Just a Zit" by Geneva Gutierrez, FWAFA
    "Test" by Rhylan Looney, FWAFA
    "I Want to Believe" by Juneau Grundy, FWAFA
    "The Worst Idea" by Yeaan Bang, TeSA
    "The Accusation" by Soluna Viera, FWAFA
    "Happy Birthday!" by Soluna Viera, FWAFA


    Night 2: Teen Voices Recording

    TUESDAY, MAY 16 

    Directors: Dana Schultes, Tonya Wilson-Brown and Rob Bosquez
    For ages 12 and up. Some mature content. Est. running time 40-50 minutes

    "Goldfish Eulogy #1" by Tanmay Yaramachu, Fort Worth Country Day
    "Seeing Stars" by Ava McCain, IM Terrell Academy - 10 minute play
    "The Clock Keeps Turning" by Josephine Ayala, North Side High School
    "Goldfish Eulogy #2" by Fiona Morris, Fort Worth Country Day
    "Smells Like Capitalism" by Eowyn Lightbearer & Corban Littrel, Homeschool 
    "Goldfish Eulogy #3" by Chance Odom, Fort Worth Country Day
    Untitled / “Alex” by Kiera Jolley, Byron Nelson High School
    "Untitled" by Justin Chaney, Benbrook Middle School
    "Goldfish Eulogy #4 by Viktor Harrington, Fort Worth Country Day
    "The National Bird" by James Z Appleyard, Birdville High School


    Night 3: Teen Voices Recording


    Directors: Rob Bosquez and Aaron Knowles Dias
    For ages 12 and up. Est. running time 40-50 minutes

    "Quarter to Ten" by Olivia Stanley, Booker T. Washington
    "Entitled Click" by Patiance Wiley, Booker T. Washington High School 
    "What is it Mother?" by Dulce Gaucin, North Side High School 
    "Upside Down" by Olivia Kersh, Fort Worth Country Day 
    "Not Like You, But Like Me" by Genesis Juarez, Fossil Ridge High School 
    "Our Life," by Juan Jaquez, North Side High School 
    "Friends" by Rylee Reisinger, Byron Nelson 
    "Suicide Squad" by Audrey Hunter, Booker T. Washington High School



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