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Prof Chosen for Kennedy Center Playwriting Program

Benjamin Marshall, associate professor of English, has been accepted into the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive, a 10-day workshop this summer, held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The program consists of rigorous writing workshops and discussions of the art, craft and business of playwriting with the program's director, Gary Garrison, and a wide range of distinguished guest artists. Participants include students, faculty and professionals from across the country.

The group will visit the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia for sessions with Artistic Director Ed Herendeen, and the playwrights-in-residence J.T. Rogers, Greg Kotis, Lydia Diamond and Richard Dresser. For one week, member theatres of the National New Play Network will be in residence to develop a new play being considered by those institutions. Participants will observe the process, and have sessions with the artistic team.

The Kennedy Center received numerous applications and chose writers with extraordinary promise in the field of dramatic writing. Professor Marshall was selected for the Advanced Program.