Third-year MFA playwright Cayenne Douglass’s one-act play WROL received The Planet Earth Award at last week’s Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region 1 Festival. (Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event was held virtually this year.) WROL is also a finalist for the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play at KCACTF’s National Festival this spring.
Douglass’s ten-minute plays Emily and If You See Something… were selected as Region 1 finalists for the Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award, which will also be presented at the National Festival in April.
Second-year MFA playwright Eliana Pipes has been named the recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival's Ken Ludwig Playwriting Scholarship. The award, given annually, is based on a student playwright's body of work. Congratulations!
Playwright alum Alexis Scheer’s Laughs in Spanish, produced by BPT in 2019, is the recipient of KCACTF’s Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award. The award includes a check for $7,500, membership in the Dramatists Guild of America and the Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis, an offer of publication from Samuel French, and a professional development residency, to be determined, in summer 2020. More
Three of our second-year playwrights were honored at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival's (KCACTF) Region 1 Festival in Hyannis:
Caity-Shea Violette’s ten-minute play Slow Jam was chosen to advance to the National KCACTF, one of 16 selected across the country—two per region—for consideration for the Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award.
Daniel Blanda’s Isla and Her Earth won the Region 1 Planet Earth Arts Playwriting Prize for ten-minute plays that address issues of climate change, the environment, and surrounding issues of urgent concern.
Ally Sass’s one-act The Cleanout won the Region 1 John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play.
Three first-year MFA playwrights are Region 1 finalists for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. From left: Eliana Pipes (Snow Brown and the 7 Stereotypes) and Ally Sass (Late Night at the Serpent) are finalists for the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play, and Cayenne Douglass (Variable Rates of Kindness) is a finalist for the Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award. Congratulations, all!
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival was held last week, and there is terrific news to share: First-year MFA playwright Livian Yeh (above left) was a co-recipient of the Paul Stephen Lim Asian-American Playwriting Award for her play Nightfall, and graduating MFA playwright Stephanie K. Brownell (above right) won the National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Award for her thesis play She Eats Apples.
And Cassie M. Seinuk (above right, with Gary Garrison)—who got her MFA at Lesley University and is our own BTM stage manager—took home the Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award for her play Occupy Hallmark. (I have a feeling these two will cross paths again very soon...at Boston Theater Marathon XVII!) A full list of this year's KCACTF Michael Kanin Playwriting Award winners is here.
Congratulations everyone (and thanks for sharing your photos)!
Here's current MFA—soon to be MFA graduate!—Stephanie K. Brownell with fellow playwright Cassie M. Seinuk (who earned her MFA at Lesley University and is the stage manager for our Boston Theater Marathon) living large at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C. Thanks for the photo, Cassie!
Hope you're having a terrific week, ladies!
Playwrights Cassie M. Seinuk (from Lesley University, who is also our BTM stage manager) and our own Abbey Fenbert are taking Hyannis by storm this week [sorry -- couldn't resist that one], at the KCACTF Region 1 Festival. Thanks for the photo, Cassie!
Current MFAs (and friends!) display their awards on the terrace of the Kennedy Center last weekend. L-R: Lesley University's Cassie M. Seinuk, NYU's Nick Carr, and our own Abbey Fenbert and Stephanie Brownell. Not pictured: Steven Barkhimer and Michael Parsons. Read more.
Congratulations, all! (And thanks for the photo, Steph!)
|KCACTF winners past and present at BPT for Peter M. Floyd's Absence. L-R: Stephanie Brownell, Abbey Fenbert, Peter M. Floyd, John Kuntz and Michael Parsons. (Thanks for the photo, Kate!)|
Great KCACTF news for current MFA students and alums: Abbey Fenbert's Intentions was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting; Michael Parsons' Sumner Falls won the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award; and Steven Barkhimer's Windowmen was a co-recipient of the David Mark Cohen Award. Stephanie Brownell's Eskimo Pie is a national finalist for the KCACTF Ten-Minute Play Award. All four will travel to D.C. next month for the national festival.
Also: Lesley University's Cassie M. Seinuk (our friend and sometime stage manager!) was a co-winner of the KCACTF Latino Playwriting Award for her play From the Deep!