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2015 Playwriting Competition


A young man deals with the loss of a friend.Rachel Whalen


Rachel Whalen attended Williamsville South High School. She was named a captain of both her varsity field hockey and softball teams her senior year. She wrote articles for the Buffalo News Next section during high school. Her senior year, Rachel resurrected her high school newspaper, serving as editor and contributing writer. She was co-president of her school’s National Honor Society. Her poetry has been recognized by the Williamsville Central School District’s annual poetry festival. She played oboe in the Williamsville South Wind Ensemble. Her senior year she played in the All-County honor band. Rachel will be attending Cornell University in the fall.



Wei He [left] & Neil Wechsler [right]A woman looks back on a close friendship.


Wei He is a bilingual playwright and fiction writer from Inner Mongolia, China, and is now living in Pittsburgh, PA. She holds an MA degree in Creative Writing from Miami University of Ohio and was an MFA candidate in the Dramatic Writing Program at Carnegie Mellon University at the time she won this prize. Her fiction, poetry and dramatic works in English and Mandarin have been published in the United States, China and Taiwan, including her full-length play Zhi Tao published by Qunyan Press in 2013. And she is proud of her secret recipe of Sand-wei-ch.


ATG’s First Student Playwriting Competition

In the first year of ATG’s Student Playwriting Competition, submissions were accepted from high school and college students from Buffalo, Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York City, Washington D.C., Raleigh, NC, Toronto, Hamilton, ON, and the surrounding areas of those cities. Students at the graduate level were eligible. Young people were also eligible if they were between the ages of 13 and 18 for the high school competition and between the ages of 19 and 23 for the college competition. Submissions were required to be original, unpublished, unproduced plays, in English, of at least 20 pages. Our Executive Director Neil Wechsler worked with other readers to select the winning plays. The high school winner, Rachel Whalen, and the college winner, Wei He, each received a workshop in Buffalo to work on their plays with local actors, directors, and designers. The workshop culminated in a public reading.  For photographs of this event, please visit our event page.

The first year of ATG’s Student Playwriting Competition was made possible by a successful Kickstarter campaign.  Thank you for your support!

For other play submission opportunities, check out this listing!  Please check in soon to read about our future submission opportunities.

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