Arts in the Armed Forces Playwriting Award

Arts in the Armed Forces Playwriting Award

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Here is a great opportunity for our Fort Drum Community, Arts in the Armed Forces is announcing a prestigious playwriting award. Actor, Adam Driver founded AIATF, and credits his military service for changing the trek of his acting career.

This year the award is being judged by one of our most famous living playwrights-Tony Kushner!

Please spread the word: the official announcement is:

Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF) announces its 2nd annual Bridge Award: a $10,000 prize for an emerging playwright of exceptional talent within the United States military. The final winner will be chosen by head judge, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, and the award includes an AITAF-produced reading of the winning work. Submissions are open now, and will close on February 1, 2019.

AITAF is a non-profit founded by actor and former Marine Adam Driver and Joanne Tucker. The purpose of Arts in the Armed Forces is to provide high-quality arts programming for active duty service members, veterans, military support staff and their families, free of charge. 

AITAF performs for all branches of the military at US installations domestically and around the world. Our core program consists of published contemporary American plays and monologues presented by theater-trained professional actors and actresses. We choose plays that feature diverse themes, ages, ethnicities and experiences to create a complex and unique experience for the audience.

The Bridge Award was established last year, in honor of our tenth anniversary, with the sole purpose of recognizing an emerging playwright of exceptional talent within the United States military. The Award is open for submissions from cadets, active duty military service members and veterans. 

In addition to bringing world-class arts programming to the military, AITAF is committed to supporting and sharing the talents of those who serve. This Award will offer a deserving current military service member or veteran artist important connections with the theater community and access to developmental resources, helping to facilitate a deeper understanding and more active dialogue between military and civilian communities.

The second Bridge Award winner will be announced on May 1, 2019.

In addition to awarding the winner with a $10,000 prize, AITAF will produce a New York City reading of their play in the fall of 2019 with a professional director and cast. Using the format of current AITAF shows, there will be a reception and feedback session following the reading. 
Interested writers should visit www.aitaf.org/bridge-award for more information and official rules. 

For more information about AITAF and its background, contact Lindsay Miserandino (miserandino@aitaf.org)

For questions about the Bridge Award submission process and guidelines, contact Anna O'Donoghue (anna@aitaf.org).

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