Mason’s Resident Theater Offers Mentoring for Mason, High School Playwrights

Posted: September 13, 2006 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 free mentoring program and competition for Mason undergraduates and 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.

The winning entries receive a professional five-day workshop and public reading at the Seventh Annual First Light Festival on Saturday, March 17, 2007. To apply, 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. All applications must be received no later than Oct. 2.

Once selected, applicants are required to attend an informational session led by local professional playwright Gwydion Suilebhan discussing the aspects of writing drama. The session will be Sunday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. in TheaterSpace on the Fairfax Campus.

Thereafter, students will meet with professional artist mentors from October through the final draft submission deadline of Friday, Dec.15.

All students are encouraged to attend the First Light Festival, March 17 and 18, 2007, to support the winning plays and hear readings of other works by professional playwrights.

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

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