Playwrights Project is a nonprofit arts education organization that seeks to advance literacy, creativity, and communication by empowering individuals to voice their stories through playwriting programs and theatre productions. Its programs teach the power of spoken and written language, nurture promising young writers, develop theatre artists and audiences, and honor individuals by dramatizing their life stories. Playwrights Project teaches playwriting and theatre in schools using a dynamic, interactive curriculum that helps students to gain confidence, non-violent techniques for solving problems, essential language skills, and knowledge of theatre. Playwrights also runs the California Young Playwrights Contest. Each year, writers under the age of 19 submit original scripts, and selected writers win script readings or full professional productions. The organization supports the development of emerging playwrights through workshops that offer them the opportunity to hear their plays read by actors, engage in discussion with an audience, and work one-on-one with a theatre expert to further develop their plays. Other programs dramatize stories from the lives of seniors, foster youth, and underserved populations.