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Performing Arts Disabilities

Jan 19, 2017 2017-01-19

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Program for Young Writers

VSA Playwright Discovery Program, sponsored by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Department of VSA and Accessibility, invites young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include students with disabilities in grades 6–12 to explore the disability experience through the art of writing for performance: plays, screenplays, spoken word poetry (for single performer or a group), or music theater. Writers are encouraged to craft short works from their own experiences and observations, create fictional characters and settings, or write metaphorically or abstractly about the disability experience. The competition has three divisions: Primary (grades 6 and 7/ages 11–13), Junior (grades 8 and 9/ages 13–15), and Senior (grades 10–12/ages 15–18). A panel of theater professionals will select the division winners. One winning script will be chosen in the Primary and Junior Divisions. These winners will be featured in the press and on The Kennedy Center website. Selected winners in the Senior Division will receive exclusive access to participate in The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, DC, from April 20 to 22, 2017. They will also have the opportunity to participate in staged readings and workshops alongside the nation’s premier collegiate playwrights, as well as participate in the festival’s award ceremony. VSA provides free resources to guide educators and students through the playwriting process.

Deadline: February 1, 2017, for entries

Special Needs Arts Music Reading/English/Language Arts

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