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VSA Playwright Discovery Program
A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program

Young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include students with disabilities, in the U.S. grades 6-12 (or equivalents) or ages 11-18 for non-U.S. students, are invited to explore the disability experience through the art of writing for performance—in the form of plays, screenplays, or music theater. Writers are encouraged to craft short (10 minute) works from their own experiences and observations in the style of realism, through the creation of fictional characters and settings, or writing metaphorically or abstractly about the disability experience.

Applications and scripts for the 2019 Playwright Discovery program are now being accepted.

2019 Playwright Discovery Application Deadline: Wednesday January 23, 2019.

Apply Here - Individual

Apply Here - Ensembles

VSA has free resources to guide educators and students through the playwriting process.