SoCal playwrights score at Kennedy Center college theater festival

By Mike Boehm This spring’s National Football League draft will tell us who the most prized college players are. It’s thought to be a good year for quarterbacks. College and university talent in the arts gets no such showcase. Perhaps the nearest thing is the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, held each spring in Washington. It’s a good year for Southern California playwrights. The Kennedy Center announced Thursday that Jeff Augustin of UC San Diego and Brian Polak of USC have won $1,000 first-place awards for full-length plays, with $500 runner-up awards going to Michael Yichao of the California Institute of the Arts and Kristin Idaszak of UC San Diego. “The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a model many other institutions could emulate. To use the author’s metaphor of sports, various art competitive ‘conferences’ should be created where each year, student artists across a wide range of fields could get exposure on, at least, a regional level. If football, basketball, soccer and softball can do it, why can’t painting, play writing and film do the same?” Read the entire article here:,0,3583994.story#axzz2w98eP0Ez

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