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Winners of the VSA Playwright Discovery Award Program

2008 VSA Playwright Discovery Award Biography

Ariadne Baker-Dunn

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VSA arts is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2008 Playwright Discovery Award, The Other Room by Ariadne Baker-Dunn of Interlochen, Michigan. In The Other Room, 16-year-old Austin is fascinated by calculus and aircraft. One day he has a chance encounter with classmate Lily. Austin, who has autism, struggles to communicate his inner thoughts and emotions, which are revealed to the audience through four unique characters.

Ariadne Baker-Dunn graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy and will be a freshman at Fordham University this fall, where she plans to study acting and playwriting. Ariadne hopes The Other Room will encourage others to reexamine their preconceptions of people with disabilities.