Winners named in 2013 playwriting contest at Penn State York

Joseph Cabrera, York, Pa., is the first-place winner in the sixth annual Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center) playwriting competition. Cabrera received first place honors and a cash prize for his play, “Between Hell and Heaven.” Nathan Coulter, Shrewsbury, Pa., won second place, for “Broken Reality;” and Jacob Kissling, York, Pa., for “Dimension Tastee Freeze” and Jamaal Ellis, Harrisburg, Pa., for “Brotherly Love,” are tied for third place.

Jacinta Bowen, Dover, Pa.; Melanie Crisamore, York, Pa.; Chemin Lambert, York, Pa.; Quinn Lease, East Berlin, Pa.; and Christopher Olson, York, Pa., received honorable mention.

Theatre students are planning productions of the scripts entered in the contest on Thursday and Friday, May 1 and 2, at noon on the main stage of The Pullo Center.

The playwriting contest is an annual competition for Penn State York students, designed to encourage the creation and development of new plays on campus. Judges for the competition were Noel Sloboda, assistant professor of English; Art Henne, instructor in English; and Cora Dzubak, director of the Nittany Success Center and instructor in counselor education, Penn State York.

The competition was open to Penn State York students enrolled for fall 2013. Original plays of 10-30 minutes were accepted.  The contest is sponsored by The Pullo Center and the Penn State York Theatre Program.

In additional theatre news, students in Theatre Practicum will be performing a staged reading of a new play, written by Stuart Stelly, instructor in English at Penn State York, at the Comparative Drama Conference in Baltimore on April 5.  The time and date for this staged reading is not set yet.

Last Updated March 06, 2014