Playwriting Workshop and Competition

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is launching a new playwriting initiative for Colorado high school students in the fall of 2013!

The program will begin in late September and will accept one-act play submissions from October 1 through December 1. It is designed to advance and nurture Colorado’s promising young playwrights and developing theatre artists and audiences.

“We have seen incredibly creative and provocative material coming from high school students,” said Director of Education, Tam Dalrymple Frye. “I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we discover the world’s next greatest playwright, here in Colorado.”

The program is two-fold. The DCPA initially will send professional playwrights into high school English, language arts and drama classes to provide workshops in writing a one-act play and in using drama as a communication tool. The DCPA will then host a state-wide competition for original one-act plays written by high school students. The plays submitted will be judged blindly by DCPA professionals from the company’s artistic, literary and education departments.

4605114141_50c6f0c1bc_oThe winner will have his/her play produced at the Denver Center Theatre Academy during the 2014 summer program! The competition also will result in 10 semi-finalists and three finalists. The finalists will receive a $250 cash scholarship, a staged reading at the 2014 Colorado New Play Summit and a complimentary pass to any reading or production at the Summit. In addition, each teacher of the top three finalists will receive a $250 gift certificate for books, supplies or other teaching tools for their classrooms.

For a full competition timeline and rules, see the official entry page or contact academy at dcpa dot org.

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