Vermont students will get summer playwriting residencies at Dorset Theatre Festival

As part of the Jean E. Miller Young Playwrights Program, Dina Janis, the Artistic Director of the Dorset Theatre Festival, has been teaching playwright residencies and doing outreach to many regional high schools and middle schools this past winter and spring. As the program nears its submission deadline all are welcome to submit, regardless of whether or not they participated in one of the actual workshops.

“The students have been working hard on their plays this year with help from a terrific group of Bennington College playwriting mentors under the guidance of playwright Sherry Kramer, also on the faculty of the college. This new approach has allowed participating student writers to take advantage of personal feedback as they write and rewrite their play drafts prior to submission to the competition.” says Janis. Molly Hennighausen, Managing Director of the theatre, noted the national funding the program received, “We are so excited to have gotten support for this program this year through the National Endowment for the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, and The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.”

Schools participating this year included: The Dorset School, Manchester Elementary School, Maple Street School, Mettawee School, The Mountain School, Long Trail School, Mount Anthony Middle School, Floodbrook School, Hiland Hall School, Poultney High School, Arlington Memorial High School, Burr and Burton Academy and, also, the Manchester Community Library.

The deadline for submission this year is May 31st. Plays must be 10-20 pages minimum, and can be sent to in order to be considered. Winners are chosen by a panel of nationally recognized playwrights and will have a staged reading of their play performed onstage with an invited audience of their teachers, family and community who come together to hear these readings as the DTF community celebrates these brand new plays and the young writers who made them possible.

Founded in 1976, the Dorset Theatre Festival creates bold and innovative theatre that engages a diverse, multi-generational community, enlightening, entertaining, and inspiring its audience through the celebration of great plays produced with the highest degree of artistry. For more information on this program as well as the Festival in general, please go to or call 802-867-2223.

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