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Schreiner hosts first-ever Latina Playwriting Contest

Latina Playwright

The diverse tapestry woven by Schreiner University student stories is being expanded through a new joint endeavor designed to highlight the unique experiences of Latinas.

For the first time ever, Schreiner is hosting a Latina Playwriting Contest this spring semester to bring those stories to a broader audience.

Sponsored jointly by The Flag Is Up Productions, Multicultural Programs and Changing Global Society, and The School of Liberal Arts, the Latina Playwriting Contest is designed to use the medium of theatre to support the voice of Schreiner’s Latina students and act as a platform to further express the rich cultural experience at the university.

All emerging or experienced playwrights with stories that focus on the experiences of women who identify as Latina are welcome to submit. Plays should be able to be produced theatrically, within the production and budgetary scale of a typical university show. 

“We have a large group of college performers who identify as Latina,” said Theatre Instructor Jeffrey Cunningham. “As a theatre director, I knew that there are many good plays that require Latina performers, but I wasn't familiar enough with them know which ones would be right for our theatre. I thought, why not encourage our own students (and their community) to create new works that speak to their own world view, experiences, and insights.”

Plays will be reviewed by a jury including Schreiner faculty, staff, and students.  The winning play will be produced as a Flag is Up show as early as Fall 2018. Winning plays will receive a cash prize.  

Submissions are due no later Tuesday, May 8, to Jeff Cunningham, theatre instructor, at the Liberal Arts Office in A.C. Schreiner Hall.