Veterans Playwriting Workshop

The Playhouse’s Veterans Playwriting Workshop (VPW) is a 10-week writing program that gives veterans the opportunity to develop their playwriting skills. Led by such renowned playwrights/veterans as Maurice Decaul and Justin Hudnall, the workshop explores various genres and methods of playwriting and storytelling techniques. VPW is open to veterans, those on active duty, military spouses and national interpreters.

Please stay tuned for the next VPW to be announced. To receive information regarding future opportunities, please email [email protected].

Success Story

Shairi EngleShairi Engle was one of the participants in the inaugural VPW, where she started developing her play Tampons, Dead Dogs and Other Disposable Things. Her play ended up winning the 2019 Arts in the Armed Forces’ (AITAF) prestigious Bridge Award, which recognizes “an emerging playwright of exceptional talent within the United States military.” The work was praised in an announcement made in May by AITAF Founder and award-winning actor Adam Driver and was chosen by final selecting judge and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, who called the piece a “tough, disturbing, enraging, consistently surprising, smart, very funny and ultimately moving and revelatory play.” Congrats, Shairi!

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