PROVIDENCE, RI: Trinity Rep’s seventh annual playwriting competition for New England High School students, Write Here! Write Now!, is now accepting entries. Students are asked to compose an original ten-minute play and submit it via the online application form at www.trinityrep.com/whwn. The submission deadline is March 5, 2018.
Write Here! Write Now! is presented each year as part of the “Beyond Trinity Rep” Community Education movement at the organization. Creative writing, English, and theater teachers are asked by Trinity Rep’s education department to assign a ten-minute play as a part of their classroom curriculum. All completed plays are then submitted – free of charge – to the Write Here! Write Now! competition. Scripts are adjudicated through a blind evaluation process by Trinity Rep’s education, artistic, and literary staff. Each year, four winners are selected with at least one winner from a Providence, RI high school. In addition to seeing their plays performed on stage, winners also receive a scholarship towards any Trinity Rep Young Actors Studio afterschool class and 20 free tickets to a Project Discovery student matinee performance during the 2018–19 season for their school.
“We’ve found that giving high school students the opportunity to write for the stage has been an exciting way to engage their creativity in a form that can feel more authentic, immediate, and true to their experience,” says Matthew Tibbs, school partnerships manager and teaching artist at Trinity Rep. “It’s our hope that students gain some insights while writing from different perspectives.”
Each award-winning student will have their ten-minute play presented by professional actors at a staged reading at Trinity Rep on May 7, 2018, a free event open to the public. More information on Trinity Rep’s education programs or the Write Here! Write Now! event is at www.trinityrep.com