CAS Playwrights Take Top Honors at National Theater Festival

May 3, 2010

Kate Snodgrass, head of the playwriting group in the Creative Writing Program at Boston University’s College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), and three of her graduate students recently received national awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C.

Snodgrass, who is also artistic director of the Boston Playwrights Theatre, which is part of CAS, won the first Milan Stitt Award. Stitt, who died last year, was a playwright, teacher, and mentor who taught at Circle Repertory Lab in New York City and at Carnegie Mellon University.

CAS graduate students wrote two of the four short plays selected for the Ten-Minute Play Award from hundreds of contestants all over the country. Masha Obolensky (CAS’10) won the award for her play titled Girls Play; she also won a fellowship to WordBridge Playwrights’ Lab in North Carolina in June.

Walt McGough (CAS’10) won the Ken Ludwig Scholarship, and his play Two Socks Discuss Loss was another of the finalists for the Ten-Minute Play Award. His one-act play, Priscilla Dreams the Answer, was also a finalist for the John Cauble Short Play Award. Will Fancher (CAS’10) won the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award for his play The River Was Whiskey.

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