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In February, 174 high school students from across Virginia submitted their one-act plays for consideration in the 31st annual New Voices for the Theater Playwriting Competition. 34 volunteer readers from across the community scored plays, and we’re proud to announce the top 20 students whose plays are being considered for the final 8 spots in the New Voices 2020 program.

Congratulations to the 2020 New Voices for the Theater Finalists:

A Love Letter by Sofie Anderson
Glen Allen High School

Red Butterfly by Jayden-Huynh-Vying
Glen Allen High School

Forgetting by Cara Hadden
Chancellor High School

Imagine by Lucy Caudle
Maggie Walker Governor’s School

Off the Grid by Marshall Addo
Eastern View High School

The Sun Cried Anagnorisis by Sam Bynum
Eastern View High School

An Awkward Mess by Trevor Handlin
Lloyd C. Bird High School

Abstract by Casseah Northern
C.D. Hylton High School

Blood Architect by Charles Perry
York County School of the Arts

An Awakened Ignorance by Himagowri Prasad 
York County School of the Arts

Just Your Friendly Neighborhood Spiderman
by Yunseo Chung
York County School of the Arts

Hey Diddle Diddle by Ava Scott
York County School of the Arts

Boys Like Us by Aaron Tyler
Appomattox Regional Governor’s School of the Performing Arts

Mini Mart by Syerra Joyner
Appomattox Regional Governor’s School of the Performing Arts

December, 1961 by Elaine Arrington
Loudoun County High School

My Side by Alexandra Gronski
Salem High School

A Mother’s Past by Tijon Albritton
Salem High School

Featherweight by Katheryn Sherrill
The Governor’s School of the Arts

Shattered Eclipse by Laura Rodriguez-Sierra
The Governor’s School of the Arts

23:10 by Alexander Pierce
Jamestown High School

The eight winning playwrights will be announced soon!

Playwright-in-Residence, Jami Brandli, will select the winning eight plays and, through an online playwriting workshop, will work individually with eight student playwrights as they develop their plays.

Their work will prepare them for the second phase of the program in which professional directors will use a virtual rehearsal room to guide an ensemble in a reading of the student playwrights’ plays for the 31st annual Festival of New Works.

Stay connected to New Voices and find out more information about the Festival of New Works through SPARC’s social media platforms.

New Voices for the Theater is made possible by a grant from:

Additional support provided by:
Community Foundation for a greater Richmond, Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, R.E.B. Foundation, Virginia Commission for Arts, and The National Endowment for the Arts

Photo by Tom Topinka