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Release: May 11, 2001
Iowa Playwrights Workshop students win national playwriting honors in
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Graduate-student playwrights Jeannine Coulombe and Kirsten
Greenidge, members of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop in the University of Iowa
department of theatre arts, were honored in the 2001 national competition
of the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF), sponsored by the Kennedy
Center in Washington, D.C.
Coulombes "The Vacant Lot" won the National AIDS Fund/CFDA-Vogue
Initiative Award for Playwriting. The award includes a cash prize of $2,500
and an invitation to the A.S.K. Theatre Projects Common Ground Festival in
Los Angeles as a playwriting fellow. In addition, Dramatic Publishing Company
will present her with an offer of a contract to publish, license and market
"Feeding Beatrice" by Greenidge was named the alternate in the
David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award and was also the second place
winner in the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, an honor which carries
a cash prize of $1,000 for Greenidge and a $500 grant to the UI department
of theatre arts.
The UI department of theatre arts is among the most-honored programs in
the history of ACTF, a national organization that promotes and honors excellence
in college theater, receiving many of the organizations highest honors
in playwriting, design, acting and production. The UI was the inaugural winner
of an award for support of student playwrights. administered by ACTF for the
Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
ACTF serves more than 18,000 students at more than 600 U.S. colleges and
universities. The organizations stated goals are: to encourage, recognize,
and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and
college theater programs; to provide opportunities for participants to develop
their theater skills and insight and achieve professionalism; to improve the
quality of college and university theater in America; to encourage colleges
and universities to give distinguished productions of new plays, especially
those written by students, the classics, revitalized or newly conceived, and
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