DTF Announces ‘Young Playwright’ Winners
Dorset Theatre Festival recently announced the winners of the third annual Jean Miller Young Playwrights Competition. In the high school category, Andrea Ameden of Long Trail School won for her untitled play; in the middle school category, Sean Bottoms of Mettawee Community School won with his play, titled ‘Driving Me Nuts.’ Second place goes to Gretchen Ham of Mettawee and Priscilla Hunnewell of the Maple Street School.
The Competition provides an opportunity for students in area middle and high schools to learn about playwriting and create a play with the help of DTF playwriting mentors, a group of advanced playwriting students from Bennington College. After a series of workshops conducted in over ten schools in the region, students are invited to submit a short play for adjudication by a panel of nationally-recognized professional playwrights. Each winner receives a cash prize.
The Competition is part of the DTF New Play Development Program, which works with playwrights from conception to production, providing an incubator to help nurture new voices to speak from their own experience and engage ideas that come from and return to our community. This program has begun to attract regional as well as national attention. In addition to this school residency program, it includes Writers Residencies hosted with nationally recognized partner organizations, a Local First New Play Festival planned for fall 2015, and an annual world premiere of a new play through DTF’s developmental programs.
The winning plays from the Young Playwrights Competition will be read aloud in a special staged reading on Friday, September 12, at 7 p.m. at the Dorset Playhouse . The reading follows an award ceremony, and is open to the public. There will be a reception afterwards. For more information, call
802-867-2223 or visit
dorsettheatrefestival.org. The Dorset Playhouse is located at 104 Cheney Road in Dorset, Vt.