The 2016-2017 New Voices year is underway!
New Voices for the Theater is the nationally acclaimed statewide high school playwriting program that celebrates and cultivates young writing talent from across Virginia.
The New Voices playwriting competition provides a life-changing opportunity for high school writers to work with other talented young writers as well as professional theatre artists.
Original plays written by Virginia students in grades 9-12 are accepted through Feb. 15, 2017. Winning playwrights will be invited to attend a two-week residency in Richmond June 24-July 9, 2017.
How It Works
The New Voices for the Theater playwriting competition provides an opportunity for Virginia students to work closely with professional theatre artists during a two-week residency designed to help them bring their original one-act plays to life on the stage.
The Residency is an intensive workshop experience geared towards enhancing and developing the writing talents of the chosen playwrights. The program requires attention to detail, a willingness to work hard, and a commitment to daily homework writing and reading assignments. Students are guided by a nationally recognized Playwright-in-Residence and other theatre professionals. They spend the two weeks taking classes and revising their winning play as well as taking trips to theater productions, museums, and other activities of interest.
2016 New Voices Timeline
|February 15, 2017||Script Submission Deadline|
|May 15, 2017||Winners Announced|
|June 24 – July 9, 2017||New Voices Residency in Richmond|
|July 7-8, 2017||28th Annual Festival of New Works|
Plays are submitted and eight winners are chosen by a Script Evaluation Committee. The plays are premiered as staged readings at a professional venue.
For More Information
Contact Laine Satterfield, New Voices Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support New Voices
To sustain this program, SPARC relies on generous contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Donations aid in promoting the program to high schools statewide, supporting the participation of highly sought-after professional playwrights and theatre artists, and promoting the program and its Festival within the Richmond community. Support New Voices today by making a gift to SPARC!
“Having been able to see my play performed, and hearing the reaction of the audience was amazing. This program has made me want to write more, to write everyday and to succeed. This program changed my life.”2012 Playwright Annalee Marguerite Weeks