VSA Playwright Discovery Award Program
A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program
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.
VSA has an innovative and Free Resource Guide for Teachers to help guide teachers and students through the playwriting process.Meet the 2013 VSA Playwright Discovery Award Winners
2014 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition
Call for Scripts
Our 2014 Competition is now closed. Please check back in August 2014 for the announcement of our 2014 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition winners.
The 2014 VSA Playwright Discovery performance will take place on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 6 p.m. on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. The event is free and open to the public. The performance will also be simulcast live on our website.Our 2015 competition will open in November 2014. Check back for more information on the application process this fall.
Funding for the VSA Playwright Discovery Program is provided by Mike and Julie Connors and the U.S. Department of Education.
Education and related artistic programs are made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts.