Mason’s Resident Theater Offers Mentoring for Playwrights

Posted: September 21, 2005 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 George Mason’s Center for the Arts, has announced the return of its unique mentoring program and competition for all current Mason playwrights.

Selected applicants will work with a professional playwright, director or dramaturg on play development during the fall. At the end of the mentoring program, students will submit their final plays to TFA’s First Light Festival Competition for Mason Playwrights. The winning entry will receive a professional five-day workshop and public reading at this year’s First Light Festival on Saturday, March 18, 2006.

The mentoring program and subsequent competition are free to all Mason students.

To apply, playwrights should go to the TFA web site and download the form or pick up an application from the Theater Office in the Performing Arts Building, Room A407. Submit it with a two-page writing sample to Suzanne Maloney (PAB A407; MS 3E6). All applications and writing samples must be received by Oct. 7, 2005.

Selected applicants will be notified by e-mail and required to attend an informational session with local playwright Paul D’Andrea on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 10 a.m. in Harris Theatre. Afterwards, students will meet with professional artist mentors who will work with them from October through the final draft submission deadline of Friday, Dec. 16.

All students are encouraged to attend the First Light Festival, March 18 and 19, 2006, to support the winning play and hear readings of other works by professional playwrights and the winner of the George Mason High School Playwriting Mentorship and Competition.

The First Light Festival is a production of Theater of the First Amendment. For more information, e-mail smaloney@gmu.edu and include “First Light Festival” in the subject line.

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