VSA Playwright Discovery Competition
Each year, young writers with and without disabilities, in U.S. grades 6-12 (or equivalents) or ages 11-18 for non-U.S. students, are asked to explore the disability experience through the art of script writing for stage or screen. Writers may craft scripts from their own experiences and observations, create fictional characters and settings, or choose to write metaphorically or abstractly about the disability experience.
Young writers with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a one-act script of any genre. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of up to five students. The competition has three divisions: grades 6-7, grades 8-9, and grades 10-12 (or equivalents). A panel of theater professionals selects division winners.
One winning script is chosen in the Primary and Junior Divisions (grades 6-7 / ages 11-13 and 8-9 / ages 13-15 respectively). Winners in these divisions will receive $500 for arts programs at their schools.
Selected winners in the Senior Division (grades 10-12 / ages 15-18 ) are awarded a trip to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. where they participate in a multi-day intensive of pre-professional activities with distinguished theatre professionals.
Watch the 2014 VSA Playwright Discovery performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
VSA has free resources to guide educators and students through the playwriting process.
VSA Playwright Discovery Professional Development IntensiveIn the Senior Division (grades 10-12 / ages 15-18 ), a select number of applicants are chosen as winners and brought to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for the VSA Playwright Discovery Professional Development Intensive, which includes pre-professional activities, such as playwriting workshops, roundtable discussions, and staged readings. Excerpts from a select number of Senior Division winners' scripts are chosen for a Millennium Stage performance.
How to Apply
To apply to the 2015 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition:
- Read the 2015 VSA Playwright Discovery Application Guidelines.
- Learn more about "The Disability Experience" theme.
- Read our Frequently Asked Questions.
- Complete the online application form by clicking on the "APPLY HERE" button below.
- If you require application materials in a different format, please request them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
- If you require application materials in Spanish or French, please request them by emailing email@example.com .
The VSA Playwright Discovery Program is made possible by Mike and Julie Connors, Hilton Worldwide, and the U.S. Department of Education.
Education and related artistic programs are made possible through the generosity of theNational Committee for the Performing Arts and the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts.
The content of this program may have been developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education but does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education.
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