Interview with Monologue Slam Winner, Billy Vale

Billy Vale was thrilled when he heard his name called as the Youth Round Winner of the MonologueSlam UK Birmingham. My monologue, "Ipad Fury,"was the first monologue he had performed, but his talent was clear, and his performance appreciated by the judges and audience alike...

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The Blank Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival: Open for submissions

People have asked me before how I see theatre standing up to the next generation filled with such a high focus on technology, social media sans face-to-face connections, and a lack of interest in the arts. There are challenges, to be sure. There always have been, and there always will be. Theatre is not an easy medium...

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Contest Winners Announced!

Thank you for participating in my Christmas Superpowers and Believing in Blitzen Monologue Contest! I was truly impressed by the talent of the submissions! Thank you for taking the time to perform and record these monologues—you all did a terrific job! ...

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New Seasonal Play for young actors (filled with monologues!)

Check out my most recent e-newsletter, announcing a new one-act Christmas-themed comedy for young actors, Christmas Superpowers and Believing in Blitzen.  You can also learn about my monologue contest (you could win a monologue written for you!).  And find out what my Halloween costume was this year...hint...I wasn't Princess Leia, but...

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The National YoungArts Foundation: Resouce for teens

If you're an artist between the ages of 15-18 (10-12 grade), you can considering applying to the National YoungArts Foundation. Applications are accepted in a variety of fields, including cinematic arts, classical music, and writing (to name a few) and you can find the application here (be aware, unfortunately, there is a $35 application fee, but you can get it waived).  So what is the National YoungArts Foundation? Well, in their own words...

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The Submission Guidelines that are stirring up the theatrical community...

So as most of you probably know, playwrights do not make a lot of money living off of their creative words.  And as most of you probably know, artists don't enter the artistic field in pursuit of money. There are various reasons, but most people enter their artistic field because it is what they do. What they can't stop doing.  You paint because you must paint. You write because you must write.  You create because you must create. It's what we do....Still.

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Youth (Teen) Playwriting Contest

YouthPLAYS, a publisher of youth-oriented theatre, featuring award-winning playwrights and exciting new theatre, sponsors their "New Voices One-Act Competition for Young Playwrights" each year.  If you're a playwright, 19 years old or younger, you can submit a one-act play with the chance of winning a monetary award, dramatic writing software, publication and that fabulous validation that always feels good! :) 

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Youth (Teen) Playwriting Mentorship

Check out this great opportunity for aspiring young writers:

Application Due October 1, 2015

This opportunity is comprised of a 6-month mentorship for an early career playwright.  The youth mentorship is designed to encourage talented young playwrights to hone their craft, gain confidence, skills, and foster the desire to bring innovative theatre to the public.  Tara believes that by encouraging youth to pursue playwriting, we encourage new, vibrant theatre to exist, evolve, and give voice to the next generation through this dynamic form of art.  

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