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The George B. Miller Award
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In 2021, Scripts announced a new youth initiative in collaboration with Youth Theatre Ireland,

The George B. Miller Award.  

The project will offer three emerging playwrights the opportunity to each work on writing a play through the course of the years with the support of writing and dramaturgical professionals. 

The final plays will be presented as staged readings by Youth Theatre Ireland at Scripts 2022. The George B. Miller Award will be bestowed on the overall playwright.

We are so excited to give young people the skills and opportunities to write and produce new writing for the stage.

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"All you need is an idea." 
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Have you got an idea?

CALLING PLAYWRIGHTS FOR YOUNG ENSEMBLES!


SCRIPTS - Ireland’s Playwriting Festival, in association with Youth Theatre Ireland, Launch the first ever George B. Miller Award invites playwrights from all horizons to submit their ideas for a play to be stage by a Youth Theatre troop.

 

 

Scripts and Youth Theatre Ireland have created a bespoke development opportunity for three playwrights to create new works for the stage, under a mentorship programme via the George B. Miller Award.

 

We are seeking ideas for plays aimed for young ensembles aged 11-14 year olds. 

Selected playwrights will begin a process of writing, mentorship, and performance.  Through dramaturgical support and feedback from industry professionals, playwrights will receive valuable critique and guidance to craft their play from initial ideas to page onto stage.

 

All you need is a (good) idea and oodles of energy!

Deadline for submissions was Friday 22nd April

Overall winner announced in November

WHO WAS GEORGE B. MILLER?

1944 - 2021

George worked in theatre, film, radio and television for almost six decades as an actor, director, playwright, designer, producer, news director, journalist and arts educator.

When he died he was the Artistic Director of Selkie Theatre (USA/Ireland) and was previously the Artistic Director of the award-winning Theatre Outlet outside of Philadelphia for 16 years.

 

A graduate of Rutgers and Princeton, he served on the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and was Resident Artist with the Lehigh University, the US National Parks Service, Birr Theatre & Arts Centre/Scripts, Mid-Atlantic Network of Youth Service Workers and the Playwrights Center of Minneapolis. 

George with wife and producing partner, Kate Scuffle, divided their time between Ireland and the US and lived in Connemara for several years. In Ireland, George taught, served as a Drama Facilitator and produced Irish/American works as Selkie Theatre and Selkies WomensWorks projects, and co-created the Selkie Seisiúns play development series. 

With Jasango Theatre, he directed many popular productions including the premiere of the radio play, Meat & Blue WKD, the winner of the PPI Radio Drama Awards Silver Medal. 

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George especially loved teaching and mentoring, encouraging and inspiring students and emerging artists. He created successful arts education & community outreach programmes in the US, Italy and Ireland as well as playwriting development workshops and showcases.

 

Up until his last breath, George was still creating. At the age of 77. he was directing Flashpoint from his hospital bed. It was a special joy to him to be creating with and passing the baton to the next generation of change makers in the arts, government and journalism.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.