VSA Playwright Discovery Program


Scholarship Value: $1,000
Awards Available: 3

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.

*PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES COMPLETELY BEFORE BEGINNING THE APPLICATION PROCESS*

Eligibility:

To be eligible to enter the VSA Playwright Discovery Competition applicants must meet the following criteria:

A) The competition is open to U.S. and international applicants. However, all pieces must be submitted in English; pieces submitted in other languages will not be accepted.

B) Can be either an individual or co-author. Co-authorships of up to two students are accepted, but all authors must fulfill eligibility requirements and at least one must be a student with a disability. Co-authors do not have to be in the same grade level. The application must include information for both authors.

C) Entrants must be a student with a disability or a co-authorship that includes a student with a disability.

D) Authors must be students ages 15-18 on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 in order to apply.

E) Previous applicants are eligible to reapply in subsequent years until they win or age out of the competition. Any applicant may win only once.

F) Winners must be present for the VSA Playwright Discovery Program professional development virtual events (date TBD) in order to be eligible for the award.

If selected as a finalist, applicants are required to provide proof of age and disability, and must be willing to publicly disclose that they have a disability for all materials and public appearances associated with the VSA Playwright Discovery Competition.

Selection Process:

An advisory panel of distinguished professionals and educators will assist with the selection process.

Submission Rules:

A) All applications must be submitted through the online application form.

B) Provide a synopsis of your script (up to 250 words) in the provided text box.

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