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    Jean E. Miller Young Playwrights Competition

    Each winter and spring, Dorset Theatre Festival teaches playwriting residencies in the many regional high schools and middle schools that participate in the Young Playwrights program. Students work on their plays with help from Bennington College playwriting mentors. This year, those mentors are under the guidance of playwright Nick Gandiello. This personal allows participating student writers to take advantage of feedback from the Bennington mentors as they write and re-write their play drafts prior to submission to the Competition. The deadline for submission this year is May 31st. Winners are chosen by a panel of nationally recognized playwrights, and the winning plays will have a staged reading performed at the Playhouse in Fall 2017. Their teachers, family and community come together to hear these readings as the Dorset Theatre Festival community celebrates these brand new plays and the young writers who made them possible!

    2014 Winners with Bennington College Ensemble

    2014 Winners with Bennington College Ensemble

    2013 Competition Winners

     More about the Young Playwrights Program:

    The Annual Young Playwrights Competition provides an opportunity for students in regional middle and high schools to learn about playwriting and create a play of their own, with help from the Dorset Theatre Festival playwriting mentors, a group of advanced playwriting students at Bennington College. After a series of workshops, students are invited to submit a short play for adjudication by a panel of nationally recognized professional playwrights. Winners from each group (middle and high school levels) are given a public staged reading onstage at the festival at the end of the summer, and this year, for the first time, a cash prize will be provided!

    Featured Artist: Nick Gandiello

    Nick Gandiello is a playwright, screenwriter, and teaching artist based in New York. His plays include The Blameless (The Old Globe)Oceanside (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), The Wedge Horse (Fault Line Theatre), Sunrise Highway (Ojai Playwrights Conference), Black Fly Spring (Xavier University), Swept (Williamstown Theatre Festival), At the Finish (Smith and Kraus’s The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2014), and Teeming Shore (The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2015). Mr. Gandiello was the 2015 Page 73 Productions Playwriting Fellow and was the winner of the 2016 Marin Theatre Company David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize. He is an alumnus of the Ars Nova Play Group. His work has been developed or presented by Manhattan Theatre Club, Lark Play Development Center, The Flea, Samuel French’s Off Off Broadway Festival, Capital Stage, Premiere Stages, and Wide Eyed Productions, among others.  Mr. Gandiello was the Literary Manager of Young Playwrights Inc. from 2012 to 2015 and is the Associate Artistic Director of Writopia Lab’s Worldwide Plays Festival. He received his M.F.A. from The New School for Drama.


    This program is made possible through the support of the following organizations: