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New Voices for the Theater

ABOUT

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!

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.

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: 

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