Friday, January 4, 2019

The Theater Project Receives Grant from Investors Foundation to Support Young Playwrights.


(Union, January 4, 2019) The Theater Project, presenting programs in Cranford, Maplewood, Union and Rahway, recently received a $500 grant from Investors Foundation. The grant will help further Theater Project’s mission of encouraging the next generation of writers by supporting its 17th annual Competition for Young Playwrights.

“We are deeply grateful for this gift,” says Theater Project artistic director Mark Spina. “Now more than ever, young people need to be encouraged to develop critical thinking skills through arts participation, and the grant from the Investors Foundation supports them by helping us provide public recognition of their work.”

Every year, The Theater Project receives short plays from students all over New Jersey. Winners receive cash prizes and see their work performed by professional actors at the March awards ceremony. On the day of the ceremony, the judges and members of The Theater Project’s Adult Playwrights Workshop also offer half-hour tutorials to any interested contest entrant. Several past winners of the Playwrights Competition have gone on to pursue degrees in theater and playwriting, and they often return to this event to present prizes and share their journeys with the newest honorees.

This year’s submission deadline is January 21, 2019. The web site contains all the necessary entry guidelines and formatting rules:

The Theater Project is an award-winning professional company in Union, NJ, where it will offer a summer theater festival in 2019. The company also offers events in Cranford, Maplewood, and Rahway.

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PHOTO (courtesy of NJ Theatre Alliance): Actors performing the winning entries in the 2018 Young Playwrights Competition.

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