VSA Playwright Discovery Competition open to middle and high school students

VSA Playwright Discovery Competition open to middle and high school students

Middle and high school students are invited to explore the disability experience—in their own lives, the lives of others, or through fictional characters—by writing a script. Writers with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a one-act script for stage or screen. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by up to five students.

The VSA Playwright Discovery Competition has three divisions. One winning script is selected in each of the Primary and Junior Divisions (grades 6-7 and 8-9 respectively). Winners in these divisions will receive $500 for arts programs at their schools, along with an award recognizing the student for excellence in script writing.

In the Senior Division (grades 10-12), a select number of applicants will be brought to Washington, D.C. for the VSA Playwright Discovery Weekend Intensive, which will include pre-professional activities such as playwriting workshops, roundtable discussions, and staged readings. A select number of Senior Division winners’ scripts will be chosen for a Millennium Stage performance as part of the Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage festival.

Application deadline is April 28, 2014.

To learn more about the competition or to apply, visit the Kennedy Center’s website. A free resource guide is also available.

Image: Winners of the 2013 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition participate in a theater workshop.

Via: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


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