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Winners of the VSA Playwright Discovery Award Program

2005 VSA Playwright Discovery Award Biographies

Phoebe Rusch

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Phoebe Rusch (Playwright), a 16 year old from Highland Park, Illinois, is a junior at Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, where she majors in creative writing. She won first place in Interlochen's 2005 creative writing contest, four gold awards in the 2005 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, (two in nonfiction and two in playwriting), and second place in Northlight theater's 2004 young playwrights festival, where her play, Raisin and Nutella, was produced as part of a double bill. She attended the Iowa Young Writer's Studio at the University of Iowa this past summer. In addition to writing, she loves philosophy, music, and movies. She is currently at work on a novella.

Allison Cameron Gray

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Allison Cameron Gray (Honorable Mention), a 16 year old from Van Nuys, California, is an honors student in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Her writing credits include an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times (July 2000) and an article on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in New Mobility magazine (May 2005). Her "Ask Alli" column appears in Kids on Wheels magazine and web site. A member of the Screen Actors Guild, she has guest starred in a CBS production of "Family Law". In the future, she hopes to attend the writing program in the theater department at the University of Southern California.