Theater of the First Amendment Announces Program for High School Playwrights

Posted: October 26, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Theater of the First Amendment (TFA), the professional theater in residence at Mason’s Center for the Arts, announces the return of its unique free mentoring program and competition for all Fairfax County high school playwrights.

Selected applicants will work with a professional playwright, director or dramaturg on play development during the late fall and early winter. At the end of the mentoring program, students will submit their final plays to TFA’s First Light Play Development Competition for High School Playwrights.

The winning entry receives a professional five-day workshop and public reading at First Light on Saturday, June 14, 2008. Runners-up will have selected scenes read at this event. Applicants should submit the form available at the TFA web site and mail it with a two-page writing sample to: First Light, c/o Suzanne Maloney, Theater of the First Amendment, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, MS 3E6, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444 or send it electronically to smaloney@gmu.edu. Applications must be received by Oct. 29.

Selected applicants will be notified by e-mail and are required to attend an informational session with a local professional playwright who will speak about the playwright’s craft. This talk will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. in Mason’s TheaterSpace on the Fairfax Campus. Afterward, students will meet with professional artist mentors who will work with them from November through the final draft submission deadline of Jan. 24, 2008.

All students are encouraged to attend the First Light readings, which will be part of the Arts at Mason Festival next June. All in attendance will get the chance to hear readings of other works by professional playwrights and the winner of the George Mason undergraduate playwriting competition.

For more information, e-mail smaloney@gmu.edu and include “First Light” in the subject line.

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