PLAYWRITING contest winners
2017 Awards Ceremony and Performances
Saturday, March 18
Cranford Community Center
220 Walnut Ave
Cranford, NJ 07016
FREE admission to the public
Twelve very talented students will be honored at THE THEATER PROJECT’S fifteenth annual Young Playwrights Competition Performance and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 18, at the Cranford Community Center. These young writers represent ten different high schools and eight different towns. The three prize winners will see their work performed by the professional actors of The Theater Project; honorable mentions will be to be presented with citations and gift certificates. The event is free and open to the public.
First Prize: Jasmine Sharma, Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Second Prize: Jacqueline Yang, Northern Highlands Regional, Allendale, NJ
Third Prize: Kushal Dhungana, Livingston High School, Livingston, NJ
Natalie Lifson, The Pingry School, Basking Ridge, NJ
Hanna Kdiry, Fort Lee High School, NJ
Payton Crispe, Ocean County Vocational Technical School: Performing Arts Academy, Lakehurst, NJ
Tennessee Woodiel, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ
Margaret Condon, Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School
Liana Runcie Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ
Zachary Espiritu, Regis High School, NYC
Haley Correa, Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy, Elizabeth, NJ
Juan Garcia, Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy, Elizabeth, NJ
For aspiring playwrights
The goal of the competition is to encourage the next generation of theater practitioners and audience by honoring their work and bringing it to life. The Theater Project is committed to the concept that participation in the arts builds fundamental skills in reading, writing and critical thinking, crucial at all ages.
The competition was originally inspired by a generous donation from Bill Mesce, Jr. who will address the audience. Linden resident Mesce is an award-winning playwright/screenwriter whose novels have been published by Bantam Books.