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New college playwrights festival starts in 2019

Contributed • Sep 17, 2018 at 10:33 AM

Barter Theatre is excited to announce a new playwriting festival geared specifically toward undergraduate college students. The inaugural College Playwrights Festival will occur in January 2019, the same month as Barter Theatre’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. The College Playwrights Festival (CPF) will take place on Jan. 17-20 with public readings of the finalists on Jan. 19-20 at Barter Stage II.

Barter Theatre’s College Playwrights Festival will highlight the works of undergraduate college students, with the goal of bridging the gap between the academic and professional world. During the festival, students will have the chance to interact and work with professional playwrights, actors and artists.

Students are encouraged to submit a one-act play to the festival for judging. A panel of Barter Theatre professionals will read each script, choose the top six, and have those read publicly during the festival.

The playwrights of the six selected plays will receive the following benefits:

· One-on-one mentorship with a Barter Theatre Professional before the festival to work on the playwright’s play

· The opportunity to be present at all rehearsals of the play during the festival

· A talkback with playwrights of the Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights, Barter Professionals, and mentors

· Housing Thursday Jan. 17 through Sunday Jan. 20 and a meal stipend

“We wanted to create an opportunity that would not only inspire students to write, but also a chance to be a part of a development process, which is so vital to the theatre,” said Nicholas Piper, director of new play development at Barter Theatre. “We hope that in working with Barter’s professional company of actors and directors, the students will have an immersive experience that will further their own development as young artists.”

For complete submission guidelines and more information, visit https://bartertheatre.com/education/college-playwrights-festival. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Nov. 16.

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