The Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award

Supported by VSA, the International Organization on Arts and Disability, The Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, named after the founder of VSA, is offered for the outstanding student-written script that explores the human experience of living with a disability (please consult the Americans With Disabilities Act for the full definition of Disability).

* The award recipient will receive a cash award of $1,000.

* Dramatists Guild Award.  The Dramatists Guild Award provides the playwright with Active membership in the Guild.

* Professional Development Fellowship.  The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival will provide the award recipient with an all-expenses paid professional development opportunity. 

VSA is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith. VSA is creating a society where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. Nearly 5 million people with disabilities participate in VSA programs every year through a network of affiliates in 42 states and 51 countries worldwide.

All student who attend a college that participates in KCACTF by entering a production or productions for response at the Associate or Participating level may submit their plays for consideration for this award.  Entries do not need to be produced by their schools for consideration in this award category.  The play must comply with the guidelines for scripts entered in the KCACTF Michael Kanin Playwriting Program.

For other questions, refer to the Americans With Disabilities Act and the “Rules and Guidelines for the Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards Program” above.

Rules and Guidelines