Jean E. Miller Young Playwrights Competition
By George Zilkha from Maple Street School (faculty mentor: Conor Welch)
For the Greater Good
By Will Koch from Stratton Mountain School (faculty mentor: Mary Mangiacotti)
How to Write an Essay
By Gracie Smith from Arlington Memorial School (faculty mentor: Gayna Cross)
By Rudy Senecal from Burr and Burton Academy (faculty mentor: James Raposa)
Each winter and spring, Dorset Theatre Festival teaches play writing residencies in the many regional high schools and middle schools that participate in the Young Playwrights program. This year, these students are under the guidance of playwright Nick Gandiello. Participating student writers also take advantage of feedback from Bennington College mentors as they write and re-write their play drafts prior to submission to the Competition. 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!
Above: Bennington College actors and Artistic Director Dina Janis at the 2017 Jean E. Miller Young Playwrights readings
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 play writing and create a play of their own, with help from the Dorset Theatre Festival play writing mentors, a group of advanced play writing 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 in the autumn along with an award and special gift.