The 2013 Herman Voaden Playwriting Competition
THE HERMAN VOADEN MEMORIAL PLAYWRITING COMPETITION
The Drama Department at Queen’s University is proud to announce the prize-winning plays from the 2013 Competition
"Next to Him" by Jessica Moss, Second Prize
First Prize Winner Jordan Tannahill is a playwright, director and filmmaker whose work explores contemporary queer identity and youth culture as framed by the city of Toronto and its suburbs. Through his company Suburban Beast, Jordan has created multimedia-driven performances such as Post Eden, Concord Floral, Bravislovia, and the live-streamed Internet play rihannaboi95. "Late Company", written as a member of Tarragon Theatre's 2012 Playwrights Unit, was previously honoured with the 2012 National Uprising Playwriting Competition and the 2012 Enbridge playRites Award. Together with his partner William, Jordan runs a storefront theatre in Toronto's Kensington Market called Videofag.
Second Prize Winner Jessica Moss is an emerging Toronto writer/performer. "Next to Him" is her first full-length play. It was shortlisted for the Tarragon Theatre RBC Emerging Playwrights’ competition in 2012. Her one-woman show Modern Love was performed at the 2012 Next Stage Festival and her writing has also been presented at the Toronto Fringe and the Festival of Ideas and Creation. As a performer, she has appeared with Necessary Angel, Tarragon Theatre, the SummerWorks Festival, Sudbury Theatre Centre, and the National Arts Centre.
ABOUT THE CONTEST:Herman Voaden (1903-1991), Canadian playwright, director and theatrical innovator, was a lifelong champion of Canadian culture. "It gives some satisfaction to know that the crusade I have helped to lead has made it possible for the dreamers and innovators of today's theatre to follow their dreams and continue their innovations." This competition, made possible by a generous bequest from Mr. Voaden's estate, is dedicated to his memory and honours his goals to develop a distinctively Canadian art of the theatre and to encourage the writing of Canadian drama.
THE AWARDS: FIRST PRIZE / $3000,SECOND PRIZE / $2000,EIGHT HONOURABLE MENTIONS
In addition to the monetary award, through the auspices of the Thousand Islands Playhouse of Gananoque, Ontario, the two winning plays each receive a weeklong workshop and public reading with a professional director and cast at Queen's University. The Honourable Mentions receive short written critiques from the final judges.
INFORMATION RE THE 2015 COMPETITION WILL BE AVAILABLE IN SEPTEMBER 2014.
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