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California Young Playwrights Contest Winner–Matthew Maceda

on February 24, 2014

Matthew Maceda

Matthew Maceda, who is attending Westview High School, is a three-time winner of the contest. In sixth grade, he participated in a playwriting course at Mesa Verde Middle School taught by Playwright Project’s Founder Deborah Salzer. His plays, From Underdog to Top Rhino (co-written with classmate Eric Pak) and his solo work The Trial of Wolf vs. Pig, received staged readings in the 2012 and 2013 festivals, respectively. His newest winning play is Pound. This play focuses on a pampered pup named Princess, as she finds herself locked up in “the big dog house” with some unlikely new friends. Princess’s view of the world is expanded as she befriends some dogs who know it’s a “ruff” life.

How did you first get involved with writing?

I’ve always had an interest in writing, but I first started creating scripts when Playwrights Project came to my school in 6th grade.

How did you come up with the idea of your script?

I’ve been taught to write things that I am familiar with, and I then thought of my dog. I’m always asking myself what could have gone on in his head when he was in a shelter.

What themes are involved in your piece?

My play emphasizes the simple nature of humanity as well as the idea of having faith in the “big picture”.

What is the message you hope the audience takes away with them?

Overall, I hope that the audience would take the time to think how they view their lives and the world’s many issues, both man-made and natural. Also, I hope that they might appreciate their pets more.

Do you plan to continue writing?

I plan on trying to win a full production next year now that I’m older.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I would jump at the opportunity to be a professional soccer player.

For more information, or to purchase tickets for the Plays by Young Writers festival, visit or call (858) 384-2970. To find out more about the California Young Playwrights Contest, visit


One response to “California Young Playwrights Contest Winner–Matthew Maceda

  1. […] winning readings three years in a row in the younger division (Read his previous interview here:…). Founder Deborah Salzer is serving as writing mentor/dramaturg, supporting the playwright in […]

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