Six weeks ago, the amazing Gregg Henry reached to professional playwrights Norman Allen, Renee Calarco, Gregg Mozgala and me to be mentors to young playwrights who had been awarded the 2012 Playwrights Discovery Award as part of The Kennedy Center's Department of VSA and Accessibility.
The VSA Playwright Discovery Program is extraordinary, worthwhile and inspiring! It's an annual competition that 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 playwriting. Young playwrights with and without disabilities can write from their own experience or about an experience in the life of another person or a fictional character. The program began in 1984, and has continued annually since.
This year’s distinquished recipients were chosen from more than 350 applications nationwide and an excerpt of their work will be presented at the Kennedy Center as part the 11th Annual Page-to-Stage Festival. In my next post, I'm going to introduce you to the mentors and share their experience and the role of mentorship! For now, here's more information about the reading and the wonderful young playwrights!!!
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
28th Annual Playwright Discovery Performance
Staged readings of four award-winning student scripts
Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
MILLENNIUM STAGE NORTH
Excerpts from the plays--Mr. Pan & Neverland by Samantha Brown, from Brooklyn, NY; To the Beat of a Funeral March by Catherine Caffera, from Fairport, NY; Life is Jazz by Bradley Hildebrandt, from Elkhorn, NE; and Dominoes by Christian Mincks, from Colonial Heights, VA--are presented in concert reading format featuring Jessica Frances Dukes, Phillip James Brannon, Carlos Saldana, Rana Kay, Michael Willis, Michael Sazonov, John Lescault, Dana Levanovsky, and Kimberly Schraf.
About the Plays and Playwrights
VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all. VSA is an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, www.vsarts.org.
About Education at the Kennedy Center
As the national center for the performing arts, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is committed to increasing opportunities for all people to participate in and understand the arts. To fulfill that mission, the Kennedy Center strives to commission, create, design, produce, and/or present performances and programs of the highest standard of excellence and of a diversity that reflects the world in which we live—and to make those performances and programs accessible and inclusive.
I'm a playwright, dramaturg, and teaching artist. It is here where you'll find my queries and musings on life, theater and the world. My posts advocate for diversity, inclusion, and equity in the American Theatre and updates on my own work. Please enjoy!