Taylor Nordeng, who recently completed eighth grade at Kromrey, won the Young Playwrights for Change national competition.
She was also featured in the Wisconsin State Journal on Sunday, June 17.
Nordeng's play “Uprooted” won the Children’s Theater of Madison’s regional contest, and, as a result, was performed in CTM’s 10th annual Young Playwrights Festival in May. CTM then submitted the play to the national contest.
Young Playwrights for Change is a competition created five years ago by two national organizations: The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), based in Washington D.C., and Theatre for Young Audiences, based in New York City. CTM has been a part of Young Playwrights for Change for three years.
As the winner of the national competition, Nordeng has been invited to the AATE national conference Aug. 1-5 in Minneapolis to see her play performed.
Nordeng was one of seven Dane County middle and high school student playwrights whose work was performed by local, professional actors at a recent Playwright Festival at the Overture Center earlier this spring.
CTM partners with the American Alliance for Theater & Education to offer students the chance to submit their plays to the national Young Playwrights for Change. This year’s theme was Rise Up: Fighting for Love and Inclusion in the Face of Hatred and Bigotry.
Because her play was selected as the winning entry, Nordeng also had the opportunity to work with CTM staff and directors to bring her script to life on stage for two performances at the Young Playwrights Festival on May 2.