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About the VSA Playwright Discovery Program Competition

VSA Playwright Discovery Program Competition

The VSA Playwright Discovery Competition invites middle and high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of script writing. Writers may write from their own experience and observations, or create fictional characters and settings. Scripts can be comedies, dramas, or even musicals-be creative! Young writers with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a script. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of students. The competition has three divisions: grades 6-7, grades 8-9, and grades 10-12 (or equivalents). A distinguished panel of theater professionals selects all division winners.

One winning script is selected in the Primary and Junior Divisions (grades 6-7 and 8-9 respectively). Winners in these divisions will receive $500 for their school's arts programs, along with an award recognizing them for excellence in script writing.

In the Senior Division (grades 10-12), a select number of applicants are chosen as winners and 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 are chosen for a Millennium Stage performance as part of the Kennedy Center's Page-to-Stage festival.

Watch the 2012 VSA Playwright Discovery performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

VSA has an innovative and Free Resource Guide for Teachers to help guide teachers and students through the playwriting process.

How to Apply

Our 2014 competition is now closed. Our 2015 competition will open in November 2014. Check back for more information on the application process this fall.