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New Voices for the Theater
New Voices for the Theater is a statewide playwriting competition that provides an opportunity for students, selected out of hundreds of applicants from across the Commonwealth, to bring their original one-act plays to life on the stage for the public each summer at the Festival of New Works.
Watch the video to learn more about New Voices for the Theater!
2022 Festival of New Works One-Act Plays
How It Works
New Voices for the Theater is a statewide playwriting competition that provides an opportunity for Virginia high school students to further develop their submitted one-act plays in collaboration with theater professionals and their peers during a two-week virtual residency, July 5 – July 14, 2023. In 2023, the program will take place 100% virtually.
The residence is an intensive experience geared towards enhancing and developing the writing talents of the chosen playwrights. The young playwrights will receive one-on-one writing mentorship from a nationally renowned professional playwright-in-residence and have the chance to participate in a virtual writing room with other participants. Once plays move into rehearsal, the young playwrights will learn how to collaborate with a director and actors to bring their vision to life in the online culminating event, the Festival of New Works.
New to the competition is a cash prize for all eight winning playwrights that complete the online intensive playwriting workshop with renowned playwright, Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin.
In addition to the prize money, SPARC will produce four of the eight one-acts as virtual plays in the 2023 Festival of New Works.
Deadline to Apply: January 14, 2023
11/1/22 6-8pm Zoom 12/6/22 6-8pm Zoom
1/3/22 6-8pm Zoom
Major funding for New Voices for the Theater is provided by:
E. RHODES AND LEONA B. CARPENTER FOUNDATION
Additional Support Provided By:
Altria, Community Foundation for a greater Richmond, Dominion Energy Foundation,
the R.E.B. Foundation, Robins Foundation, and Holly Rice & Vince Gilligan
All SPARC programs are made possible in part by: