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Winners of the VSA Playwright Discovery Award Program

2010 VSA Playwright Discovery Award Biography

Laura Hogikyan

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VSA is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2010 Playwright Discovery Award, The Marionette Effect by Laura Hogikyan of Superior Township, Michigan. The Marionette Effect tells the story of a young woman who is unable to play the piano the way she used to after a having a stroke. The Marionette Effect will be performed as part of the VSA Playwright Discovery Evening on September 30 and October 1, 2010.

Laura Hogikyan, age 17, recently graduated from Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and will attend Harvard University this fall. She has received numerous awards for her writing, including the grand prize in the 2006 Michigan Young Playwrights Festival and two honorable mentions in the 2009 Nancy Thorpe National Poetry Contest. Her work has been published in the University of Michigan’s Armistice magazine and in the Iowa Young Writers Anthology, and she served as a student theater reviewer for