Theater of the First Amendment Announces Program for High School Playwrights

Posted: June 5, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

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

Selected applicants have the opportunity to work with a professional playwright, director or dramaturg on play development during the fall. At the end of the mentoring period, the students submit their final plays to TFA’s First Light Festival Competition for High School Playwrights.

The winning entry receives a professional five-day workshop and public reading at the Seventh Annual First Light Festival on Saturday, March 17, 2007.

Applicants should print the application form from the TFA web site and mail it with a two-page writing sample to: First Light Festival, Theater of the First Amendment, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, MS 3E6, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444.

Applications must be received no later than Oct. 2, 2006.

Once selected, applicants will be notified by e-mail. They are required to attend an informational session led by a local professional playwright who will discuss the aspects of writing drama. The session will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. in George Mason University’s Harris Theater.

From October through the final draft submission deadline of Friday, Dec. 15, students will meet with professional artist mentors who will assist in the creative process.

The mentoring program and competition are free to all Fairfax County high school students.

For more information about the competition, see the TFA web site or e-mail Suzanne Maloney or Kristin Johnsen-Neshati. Include “First Light Festival” in the subject line.

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