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THE NATIONAL SCIENCE PLAYWRITING AWARD This award, sponsored by Alan Lightman in association with the Kennedy Center, is intended to encourage new, full-length plays involving science and scientists with the recognition that science is a part of culture.  Each award year there will be a different scientific theme. This year, the play should deal in a significant way with women in science since 1920
The award is $3,000 and an all-expense paid five-day Kennedy Center residency for the award ceremony, master classes and a showcase featuring a selection from the play with a company of leading actors from the Washington DC Community in April 2009.

Submission Deadline:  December 8, 2008- submitted electronically to the Kennedy Center in PDF or Word format: ghenry@kennedy- center.org. Please include a brief synopsis or logline for the play, and a brief description of the play's development, workshop and/or production history. Award notification will be early March 2009.

THE ROSA PARKS PLAYWRITING AWARD This award, presented in association with the Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute in celebration of one of the great Americans of the Civil Rights movement, recognizes the outstanding student-written full-length or one-act play on the subject of social justice and/or civil rights. The Award is $2500 for a full length play, $1000 for a one-act play, an all-expense paid five-day Kennedy Center residency for the  award ceremony, master classes and a showcase featuring a selection of the play with a company of leading actors from the Washington DC Community in April 2009, and a professional development opportunity or residency in the summer of 2009 arranged and determined in consultation with the award-winner.

Submission Deadline:  December 8, 2008- submitted electronically to the Kennedy Center in PDF or Word format: ghenry@kennedy- center.org. Please include a brief synopsis or logline for the play, and a brief description of the play's development, workshop and/or production history. Award notification will be early March 2009.

THE QUEST FOR PEACE PLAYWRITING AWARD This award is to recognize the outstanding student-written full-length or one-act play that grapples with the quest for peace and the intricacies of the conflict in the Middle East. The Award is $2500 for a full-length play, $1000 for a one-act play, an all-expense paid five-day Kennedy Center residency for the award ceremony, master classes and a showcase featuring a selection of the play with a company of leading actors from the Washington DC Community in April 2009, and a professional development opportunity or residency in the summer of 2009 arranged and determined in consultation with the award-winner.

Submission Deadline:  December 8, 2008- submitted electronically to the Kennedy Center in PDF or Word format: ghenry@kennedy- center.org. Please include a brief synopsis or logline for the play, and a brief description of the play's development, workshop and/or production history. Award notification will be early March 2009.

THE KENNEDY CENTER THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES PLAYWRITING AWARD For the student-written play or adaptation on a theme for young people at any level between pre-school and 12th grades. The award is  $1000, an all-expense paid five-day Kennedy Center residency for the award ceremony, master classes and a showcase featuring a selection of the play with a company of leading actors from the Washington DC Community in April 2009, and a professional development opportunity or residency in the summer of 2009 arranged and determined in consultation with the award-winner.

Submission Deadline:  December 8, 2008- submitted electronically to the Kennedy Center in PDF or Word format: ghenry@kennedy- center.org. Please include a brief synopsis or logline for the play, and a brief description of the play's development, workshop and/or production history. Award notification will be early March 2009.

THE LORRAINE HANSBERRY PLAYWRITING AWARD For the outstanding student-written plays on the subject of the African-American experience written by students of African or Diasporan descent. The award is $2,500, a two-week all expense paid residency at the O'Neill National Playwrights' Conference, an all-expense paid five-day Kennedy Center residency for the award ceremony, master classes and a showcase featuring a selection of the play with a company of leading actors from the Washington DC Community in April 2009. The second place award is $1,000. Grants of $750 and $500 will be made to the playwrights' playwriting program for the first and second place plays.

Submission Deadline:  December 8, 2008- submitted electronically to the Kennedy Center in PDF or Word format: ghenry@kennedy- center.org. Please include a brief synopsis or logline for the play, and a brief description of the play's development, workshop and/or production history. Award notification will be early March 2009.

THE LATINA/LATINO PLAYWRITING AWARD for the outstanding Latina or Latino student-written play. The award is $2,500 The award is $2,500, a two-week all expense paid residency at the O'Neill National Playwrights' Conference, an all-expense paid five-day Kennedy Center residency for the award ceremony, master classes and a showcase featuring a selection of the play with a company of leading actors from the Washington DC Community in April 2009.

Submission Deadline:  December 8, 2008- submitted electronically to the Kennedy Center in PDF or Word format: ghenry@kennedy- center.org. Please include a brief synopsis or logline for the play, and a brief description of the play's development, workshop and/or production history. Award notification will be early March 2009.

THE JEAN KENNEDY SMITH PLAYWRITING AWARD Supported by VSAarts in honor of its founder, this award is for the outstanding student-written play that explores the human experience of living with a disability (please consult the Americans With Disabilities Act for the full definition of Disability). The award is $2,500, a professional development opportunity or residency in the summer of 2009 arranged and determined in consultation with the award-winner, and an all-expense paid five-day Kennedy Center residency for the award ceremony, master classes and a showcase featuring a selection of the play with a company of leading actors from the Washington DC Community in April 2009.

Submission Deadline:  December 8, 2008- submitted electronically to the Kennedy Center in PDF or Word format: ghenry@kennedy- center.org. Please include a brief synopsis or logline for the play, and a brief description of the play's development, workshop and/or production history. Award notification will be early March 2009.

THE KCACTF MUSICAL THEATRE AWARD The composer, lyricist, librettist, and home institution of the winning musical will receive the following: $1000 for music , $1000 for lyrics, $1000 for book, $1000 to the creative team's home institution, a two-week all expense paid residency at the O'Neill Music Theatre Conference, and an all-expense paid five-day Kennedy Center residency for the award ceremony, master classes and a showcase featuring a selection of the play with a company of leading actors from the Washington DC Community in April 2009. The writing team (composer, lyricist, librettist) may be faculty and/or students.

Submission Deadline:  December 8, 2008- book, lyrics submitted in  PDF or Word format, score submitted in PDF format, a recording of the music  electronically or on CD via mail to the Kennedy Center: ghenry@kennedy- center.org. Please include a brief synopsis or logline for the musical, and a brief description of the project's development, workshop and/or production history. Award notification will be early March 2009.

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