The George B. Miller Award
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.
"All you need is an idea."
Bridgid Galvin has had a number of one act plays performed in Cork Arts Theatre and was one of three playwrights selected for mentoring for Scripts Playwriting Festival 2017.
She was chosen as one of 30 playwrights to take part in Fishamble Theatre Co., A Play for Ireland in 2018. In 2019, she won The Billy Roche International Short Play Competition with ‘Picking up the Pieces’. ‘Twenty Twenty Vision’ was chosen by Fishamble as part on the online Tiny Plays and she had her writing chosen for performance as part on the Abbey Theatre online Dear Ireland Continues programme in Summer 2020.
Her one act play ‘Knocked’, was third in Billy Roche Play Competition in 2021 and short screenplay ‘Blaze’, was a semi-finalist in Waterford Film Festival 2021. She achieved adjudicator special mention for Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award at Listowel Writers Week 2022.
MEET OUR SELECTED WRITERS
Isaac Quinn (he/they) is a disabled, trans+nonbinary, queer playwright/poet/performer/composer looking to break down binaries both gender-wise and creatively.
Isaac is 18 years old, based in Strabane Co. Tyrone, and is trying to help people face their demons by exorcising his own.
Belfast born and raised, Carley is an aspiring playwright and screenwriter, who is passionate about creating accessible, diverse art that is wildly creative and inspiring.
Freshly graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School's Drama Writing MA, a section from her 'signature script'; 'Growing Pains' is about to be performed at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre in July 2022.
Carley was also selected for PrimeCut's VERGE Season Three recorded rehearsed readings, for her play 'Stuff & Things & Junk & Belonging'. "
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.
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.