VSA Playwright Discovery Program Competitions

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VSA Playwright Discovery Program Competitions



Young writers (ages 15-18) with disabilities are invited to submit a ‘ten-minute script’ of any genre for the opportunity to participate in a virtual playwrights program. Scripts may be for plays, musicals, multimedia, video, film, TV, podcasts, or other writing for performance. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration between two student (at least one student with a disability). A panel of theater professionals selects winners.

Writers are encouraged to craft short (10 minute) works from their own experiences and observations through the creation of fictional characters and settings, writing realistically, metaphorically or abstractly about any topic, including the disability experience. Scripts may be non-linear.

Writers must be ages 15-18 and have a disability. Please read the eligibility for participation.

Multiple winners will receive exclusive access to participate in professional development activities provided by the Kennedy Center. Professional development opportunities will take place virtually. Winners will have the opportunity to work with industry professionals to further develop their script, receive coaching/mentorship, and participate in networking opportunities.

DEADLINE: The application deadline is Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.