Deadline is April 15 for VSA arts of Maine’s 2010 Playwright Discovery contest. The call for scripts is open to all middle school and high school students.

VSA arts of Maine — an affiliate of VSA arts, a program of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts — invites middle and high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others and express their views through the art of playwriting.

Playwrights may write from their own experience or about an experience in the life of another person or fictional character. Scripts can be comedies, dramas or even musicals. Young playwrights with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a script. Entries may be the work of individual students or a collaborative effort by a group or class.

The winning playwright will receive $2,000 and a trip to Washington D.C to see his or her play professionally produced or staged and performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Official rules, guidelines and application can be found online at vsarts.org/x244.xml. For more information or questions concerning eligibility, call (800) 933-8721 or send e-mail to EFKey@vsarts.org.

VSA arts of Maine is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing innovative and inclusive arts, educational and cultural opportunities for children and adults with disabilities in Maine. Programs include artist residencies in schools; workshops for teachers and artists; apprenticeships for and exhibitions by adult artists with disabilities; and partnerships with cultural venues throughout the state to improve accessibility.