Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition

The Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition is a one-of-a-kind national competition that transitions student playwrights to the world of professional theatre.

The Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition solicits plays from the leading MFA graduate programs in the United States and then conducts a rigorous selection process to find four finalists and one winning play.  The winner receives a full production as part of the Alliance Theatre regular season.  The winner and four finalists also receive development opportunities for their works including staged readings with industry professionals in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.  A one-of-a-kind opportunity for emerging playwrights, the Competition transitions student playwrights to the world of professional theatre.  

Past winners have become some of today’s most exciting writers and playwrights and include Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney, whose play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue inspired the 2016 Academy Award-winning film for Best Picture, Moonlight; Kenneth Lin, a writer for the Netflix hit series “House of Cards,” Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist Meg Miroshnik (The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls), and Mike Lew (Tiger Style!), 2018 winner of the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for an Emerging American Playwright. A past winning play was SHELTERED, by Alix Sobler, Columbia University, directed by Kimberly Senior, whose recent directing credits include the critically acclaimed and Tony-nominated production, DISGRACED. The most recent winner was 53% Of by Steph Del Rosso and will premiere on the Hertz Stage in spring of 2020.

The program is led by our Associate Producer, Amanda Watkins.

Email Amanda at amanda.watkins@alliancetheatre.org for more information.

The next Alliance/Kendeda Week will take place March 30 – April 3, 2020.

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