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We produce theatre and theatre education in Tucson that entertains, educates, and enlightens children, adults, and families.

Live Theatre Workshop
3322 E Fort Lowell Rd
Tucson, AZ 85716
Reservations: (520) 327-4242

Young Playwrights of Tucson

Six winners were selected from 20 submissions to the first annual Live Theatre Workshop Young Playwrights competition. The young playwrights submitted original short plays in a variety of genres no more than 7 pages in length. The winners are youth aged 12-17 from Tucson, Marana and Vail. They are paired with local, experienced adult playwrights who will help them workshop their scripts.

“We were very pleased with the number of submissions this first time around. We initially thought we’d have three winners, but the quality was so good and the scoring so close, we decided to award six young playwrights,” said LTW Director of Children’s Programming Amanda Gremel. “We’re thrilled to add this new program to our theatre education lineup of programs that includes year-round classes and summer camps for kindergarteners through twelfth graders.”

More about the winners:

 Alexander Cramton for “Murder Party”
6th grade, Esperero Canyon Middle School

Alexander has participated in the educational programs at Live Theatre Workshop for five years. His favorite roles include Pinocchio in SHREK THE MUSICAL, Edgar in THE ARISTOCATS, Ted Handsome in THE DAY ZOMBIES ATTACKED FAIRFIELD THE TOWN WHERE NOTHING EVER HAPPENS, and Joe Picalio in ONCE UPON AN ORPHANAGE. In Spring 2019, Alexander made his debut on the LTW Mainstage as Ainsley in APPROPRIATE. “Murder Party” is the first play that Alexander has written.

 Karen Jie for “Curing Greed”
Senior, The Gregory School

Karen is a lover of all arts and forms of storytelling, and she enjoys acting, writing, and reading in her free time. When she isn't at school, she enjoys podcasting, filming, and drawing cartoons about her life and the things around her.

 Julian Keefer for “At the End of the Rainbow”
Freshman, University High School

Julian has acted at Live Theatre Workshop since 2012. His favorite roles were Worm in PENNY DREADFULS and Helena in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Two plays based on his writing have been performed at his middle school and “Curing Greed” is his first play being performed at LTW. In his spare time, Juilian enjoys reading, writing, drawing, playing the guitar and singing.

 Cassie Miller for “Turn of the Century”
Senior, Empire High School

Cassie has served as a council member at ATCteen for four years and is the program’s current historian. She has also been a thespian officer at her high school for two years, currently serving as Thespian President of Troupe 7057. In April 2019, she wrote and produced her first play, “Ten O’clock Sharp,” through ATCteen. Since that first amazing experience she has continued to grow in her craft, submitting her work to AZ ThesFest and had the opportunity to see another play come to life at Empire Theatre’s first annual 24 Hour Play Fest. While she loves playwrighting, most of her theatrical experience is on the stage. Some of her favorite roles have been Antigone (Empire High), Matilda Wormwood (ATC Summer on Stage), Queen Gertrude (ATCteen), and Janet Van De Graaff (Empire High). She was nominated for the Tucson Starlight/Monte Awards for her performances of Morticia Addams, Elle Woods, and Janet Van De Graaff, all performed through Empire. Cassie also has growing experience in costume designing and stage. She plans on attending Arizona State University.

 Catherine Oda for “No Other Nemesis”
Freshman, home schooled

Catherine has been in Live Theatre Workshop programs since 2016. Her favorite roles include the Dragon from SHREK, Puck from A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, and Tinkerbell from PETER PAN. She has written two plays and is working on many others. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, singing, writing and studying law.

 Jake Taylor for “Card House”
Senior, Empire High School

Jake is a singer, actor, writer, performer and new playwright. He graduates from high school this year and plans to attend Brigham Young University in the fall and will major in theatre education. He has performed in many choirs, orchestras, and theatre events across Arizona, and won the John Siler Memorial Scholarship at the Arizona State Thespian Festival in 2019 for his passion and talent in theatre and teaching. In addition to teaching, Jake hopes to continue writing plays, and is writing and releasing music as an independent artist. “Card House” is his first play that will be performed.


Amanda Gremel
Director of Children’s Programming
Live Theatre Workshop

3322 E. Fort Lowell Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85716