CALL FOR NOMINATIONS- UNDERGRADUATE PLAYWRIGHTS’ WORKSHOP AT THE KENNEDY CENTER

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS- UNDERGRADUATE PLAYWRIGHTS’ WORKSHOP AT THE KENNEDY CENTER

 

Dear Colleagues-

 

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is launching the First Annual Undergraduate Playwrights’ Workshop at the Kennedy Center, May 31-June 5, 2016.

 

Up to five undergraduate playwrights will be selected and brought to the Kennedy Center for five days to develop one of their full-length plays with a director/dramaturg team, and an acting company made up of leading actors from the Washington, D.C. community.

 

The workshop process will be completely driven by the particular needs of the playwright and her/his play. There is ample writing time, meetings with the director/dramaturg team, daily four-hour rehearsal blocks with actors, and a concert reading at the end of the process to showcase the work of the residency. Any feedback session will led by the play’s dramaturg and are wholly based on the playwright’s objectives for the development process.

 

The creative teams will be supplemented, as needed, with additional artists that the playwright feels are necessary to the exploration of the work [for example: a sound designer, a choreographer, a federal prosecutor, a composer, a movement consultant, a puppetry consultant, etc.]

 

Students receiving their degrees in the Spring of 2016 are eligible for nomination.

 

This is an invitation to nominate outstanding undergraduate playwrights from your school. The nomination need only be the name and email address of the playwright, no letters of recommendation are required or expected, at this stage. The selection process will proceed on the assumption that if you’ve nominated the student, you feel s/he’s ready for the experience. Representatives from the reading panel may reach out to you for more information and guidance as final invitations are being considered. Please communicate your nominees to me at your convenience (via ghenry@kennedy-center.org) and ask your nominees to send the following:

 

  • A letter that introduces the playwright, the playwright’s work, and a brief discussion of one or more works-in-progress that s/he is interested in developing while in residence at the Kennedy Center in late Spring.
  • A selection of work that the playwright feels best represents their voice (ten-minute plays, one-acts, monologues, spoken-word poetry)

[In Word: with a full title page as page 1 and a blinded title page [title only] as page 2.

                or

[In PDF: the complete play with a blinded title page and a full title page sent as a separate document]

 

  • A complete or partial draft of full-length work, or a detailed “treatment” and discussion of a proposed full-length work-in-process.

 [In Word: with a full title page as page 1 and a blinded title page [title only] as page 2.

                or

[In PDF: the complete play with a blinded title page and a full title page sent as a separate document]

 

via PDF or word document to: ghenry@kennedy-center.org by December 14, 2015. All of the work will be read “blind”- the reading panel will not know the student’s name or school affiliation.

 

In late-January 2016, the selection panel will contact a group of finalists to discuss the workshop further. These playwrights will be invited to send updated information and a current draft or “treatment” of a proposed work-in-progress for the Kennedy Center residency.

 

The reading and selection panel will be made up of literary managers, dramaturgs, directors, and actors with an affinity for the development of new work.

 

The selected playwrights will be provided with round-trip transportation, private lodging in a George Washington University residence hall, and per diem of $50 for the period of the residency. The playwrights and teams will be gathered on Tuesday May 31 and head home late afternoon on Sunday, June 5, 2016.

 

Every effort will be made to notify the invited playwrights by April 1, 2016.

 

I’m happy to answer any questions you or your students may have.

 

With Best Wishes,

Gregg

 

Gregg Henry, Artistic Director

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

Education Division

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Washington DC 20566-0001

202.416.8864o

202.276.7571c

ghenry@kennedy-center.org