Emerging Playwright Competition

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4th Annual Emerging Playwright Competition

The Drama Committee is now accepting submissions for the Annual Phillips’ Mill Emerging Playwright Competition. This juried competition, now in its fourth year, attracts talented playwrights from a 100-mile radius of the Phillips’ Mill Community Association. Readings of the winning plays and a Q&A with the playwrights will be live on stage at the Mill on November 20!

The first 50 submissions received during the acceptance period (July 8 – September 9, 2021) will be considered. Our distinguished panel of judges will evaluate all scripts and select as many as six winners, who will be notified during the week of October 1, 2021.

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Matching FunD ChALLENGE

An anonymous donor has offered to match the first $1,000 we raise during our 2021 Emerging Playwright Competition fundraising efforts. Can you  help us meet the challenge? Your gifts, of any size, will help us keep theater alive at the Mill. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

Congratulations to the 2021 winners of the 4th Annual Emerging Playwright Competition:

Lynda Crawford - New York, NY
for The Wonderer

Sherry Friedman - Brooklyn, NY
for Beware the Kraken

Nancy Vander Zwan - Perkasie, Pa.
for Northern Lights

Kate Thomas - Brooklyn, NY
for The Advocate

Dominique Cieri - Branchville, NJ
for Blighted

Jeff Stolzer - New York, NY
for The Eulogy

Attend the reading of the winning plays! – November 20, 2021, 7 p.m.

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Meet the Jurors

We are grateful to Judy Halbert, Kimberly Kalaja, PhD, and Wilbert Turner, PhD, for donating their time to make our competition such a wonderful event for the community, as well as an opportunity for aspiring playwrights.

“I advise emerging writers to enter as many one-act plays as they can to get their name out there. Once you do that, it gets easier to say, ‘I have a full-length play I would like you to read,’” says Dr. Turner, who shares his own experiences entering one-act plays in competitions. Read more about Dr. Turner here.

Judith Hallberg

Judith Hallberg

Judith Hallberg studied costume design and construction with Kurt Wilhelm at Actors Theatre of Louisville (ATL) in Kentucky and designed for ATL, Theatre One, Walden Theatre and the University of Louisville. She was the business manager for Walden Theatre in Kentucky before moving to Vermont to become administrative director for the University of Vermont’s Department of Theatre and the Champlain Shakespeare Festival. She has written film treatments from novels and edited theatrical scripts. Judith also worked as an actor in New York, Georgia, Memphis, Louisville and Burlington, VT. She worked as a writer, producer and director of sponsored film and video in New York City and was producer of the Narrative (fiction) division of the New York Festival of Short Film and Video for six years. She estimates she reviewed over 5,000 festival entries in the selection process to determine the final films and videos. She served as a reader for ATL’s 2nd Festival of New Plays and for Vermont Repertory Theatre’s New Play Festival and for the last 6 years has been a reader and judge for the Firehouse Center for the Arts New Works Festival in Newburyport, MA.

Kimberly Kalapa, Playwright

Kimberly KalaJa, PhD

Kimberly Kalaja is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, author and Fulbright. Her plays include “Night Moths on the Wing,” “The Shooter,” and “Acts Without Words.” Her nonfiction works include Reading Games —a philosophical consideration of game theory in the production of Art—published by Dickey Archive Press (2007). Kimberly earned her bachelor’s degree from Scripps College,her master’s degree from The Queen’s University Belfast, and her PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University.

Wilbert Turner, PhD

Wilbert Turner, PhD

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Turner is an Associate Professor of English at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. In addition to his teaching duties, he is the publication advisor for The Gleaner, the University’s literary journal. His specializations include African American Literature, Adaptation Studies, Film Studies and Narrative Theory. He is also a playwright, whose one-acts have won playwriting competitions in Colorado, Iowa, and Virginia.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Textual Studies from Syracuse University, and a doctoral degree in English from University at Albany, SUNY.

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