Thanks to the folks in the Coronet Writers Lab for turning me onto this competition. I'm not familiar with STAGE (Scientists, Technologists and Artists Generating Exploration), but as it's right at the crossroads of my passion for theater and science, I'm looking forward to learning more.
The description of the group states:
STAGE is a unique collaboration between the Professional Artists Lab - a dynamic artistic laboratory - and the California NanoSystems Institute - an esteemed science institute – both housed at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
STAGE endeavors to:
- foster new and imaginative voices and methods of storytelling;
- catalyze the development of art that depicts the technological age in which we live;
- cultivate appreciation and collaboration between the two cultures of science and art;
- promote understanding of the sciences in the public arena;
- accomplish all of the above within an international community.
STAGE grew out of efforts to catalyze the development of theatre that depicts the technological age in which we live and to foster new and imaginative voices and methods of storytelling, as well as to promote understanding of the sciences in the public arena. Nancy Kawalek, the founder and director of the Professional Artists Lab, approached the California NanoSystems Institute a few years ago with the idea of collaborating on these mutual interests. The partnership began with the STAGE International Script Competition. “We wanted to encourage playwrights – and scientists, for that matter – to write plays relevant to the lives we lead, lives influenced at nearly every moment by incredibly sophisticated technological and scientific advances,” said Kawalek.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA’S 4th ROUND OF THE STAGE INTERNATIONAL SCRIPT COMPETITION
The winner of the Scientists, Technologists and Artists Generating Exploration (STAGE) Competition will receive a $10,000 USD prize, along with possible opportunities for developing and promoting the winning script.
THE DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 15, 2009. For guidelines, an entry form and all details, please visit: www.stage.cnsi.ucsb.edu.
STAGE Script Competition
Professional Artists Lab
CNSI - MC 6105
3241 Elings Hall - Bldg. 266
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6105