The cast of the 2013 production of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Greg Mooney.

Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition

The Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition is a one-of-a-kind national competition that transitions student playwrights to the world of professional theatre.

Each year, final-year candidates in the country's leading graduate playwriting programs are invited to submit a play to the Alliance Theatre. An in-house panel of readers evaluates the scripts and selects a slate of finalists to advance to the final round. Those scripts are then sent to a national panel for judging. In conjunction with Alliance Theatre Artistic Director Susan V. Booth, the judges select the Alliance/Kendeda winner. The Alliance Theatre produces the winning play on the 200-seat Hertz Stage as part of the following season. Readings of the plays are produced in New York (in 2012, in partnership with the Lark Play Development Center) and Atlanta and other venues around the country. These out-of-town partnerships include a relationship with Fox Theatricals (since 2006) and with the Kennedy Center and NNPN (since 2010). All of the playwrights establish an ongoing relationship with the Alliance Theatre and the city of Atlanta. Each winner is also offered the option to have their play published and licensed by Samuel French. 

The program is led by Celise Kalke, chosen by American Theatre to be one of 25 American Theatre leaders of the future.

See readings of this year's finalists, plus hear straight from this year's winner, in several free events celebrating the AKNGPC.

View the complete list of schools invited to participate in the AKNGPC. Submit your work by October 1.


Moby Dick Photo

In an effort to cater to the busy theatre patron with the full schedule, here are five reasons why you should strongly consider spending an afternoon or evening on the Pequod.

Bill Nunn - Blues for an Alabama Sky

Alliance Theatre Playwright in Residence Pearl Cleage remembers her friend and colleague, actor Bill Nunn (Do the Right Thing, Spider Man), who starred as Sam in her world premiere production, Blues for an Alabama Sky.

The Alliance Teen Ensemble has the opportunity to see and review each production during the season. See their responses to "Ugly Lies the Bone."



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