Applications for the Kennedy Center Office of Access & VSA Playwright Discovery Program are now being accepted. Young writers enrolled in senior high school (generally, ages 14-19) with disabilities are invited to submit a ten-minute script of any genre for the opportunity to participate in a playwrights program. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration between two student (at least one student with a disability). A panel of theater professionals selects winners.
Writers are encouraged to craft short (10 minute) works from their own experiences and observations through the creation of fictional characters and settings, writing realistically, metaphorically or abstractly about any topic, including the disability experience. Scripts may be non-linear.
Winners will receive a financial award ($1,000 USD), work with industry professionals to further develop their script, receive coaching/mentorship, and participate in networking opportunities.