The 2017 Scenesters: Corinna Donovan and Walker Carroll

Scenesters Corinna Donovan Walker Carroll
Today at the DCPA NewsCenter, we continue our daily countdown of the 10 Colorado student playwrights who have been named semifinalists for our fourth annual statewide playwriting competition. On Jan. 13, we will announce the three scripts that will be read at the 2017 Colorado New Play Summit. (Details below.) Tuesday: Scenester profile No. 7.


  • School: Crested Butte Community School
  • Class: Juniors
  • Teacher: Laura Daniels
  • Your play title: As We Know It
  • What is your play about? It’s about a Utopian island society that has been living in the same way for centuries. When pirates arrive on the island, chaos breaks loose and traditions are broken. The natives and pirates go to war because of a misunderstanding and nonacceptance. However, many lessons are learned, and boundaries are redefined. 
  • What was your inspiration for writing your play? The clash between the Native Americans and settling Europeans inspired our idea for this play. We had just completed a unit on Native American studies in our class.
  • A Scenesters James FrancoFavorite word that appears in your script: “Plethora.” 
  • Killer casting: In a perfect world, we would have James Franco, because his personality and acting skills encompass what we envision Star to be.
  • What did you learn from writing this play? Writing this play together taught us teamwork. Overall, we learned how to put ourselves in our characters’ shoes, which gave the play a more realistic feel. We also learned how to write a story and get our point across through dialogue.

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Our countdown of the 2017 ‘Scenesters’ (to date):
No. 1: Sarah Shapard, Overland High School
No. 2: Ryan Patrick McCormick, Fort Collins High School

No. 3: Jasmin A. Hernandez Lozano, Vista Peak High School
No. 4: Abby Meyer and Nic Rhodes, Fossil Ridge High School
No. 5: Amelia Middlebrooks, Valor Christian High School

About the 2017 Regional High-School Playwriting Workshop and Competition:

What: A one-act playwriting competition designed for area high schools. Local playwrights and DCPA Education faculty taught 138 playwriting workshops in 46 Colorado high schools. More than 2,823 high-school students participated in those workshops, which were held in every school district in the Denver-metro area and in 15 counties around the state, including Gunnison, Garfield, El Paso, Chaffee and Ouray.

Why: To nurture Colorado’s young playwrights; develop theatre artists and audiences; develop new plays; and advance literacy, creativity, writing and communication through playwriting.

How: A total of 132 submissions were judged blindly by DCPA artistic, literary and education professionals. Ten semifinalists are being identified through this rolling daily countdown. At the end of the countdown, three winners will be named. They will receive a cash scholarship of $250 each AND a staged reading in the 2016 Colorado New Play Summit next month. In addition, each teacher of the three finalists will receive a $250 gift certificate for books, supplies or other teaching tools for their classrooms. One play also will be presented as a fully staged performance exercise for DCPA Education students in the summer of 2017.

Sponsors: Robert and Judi Newman/Newman Family Foundation with matching gifts from The Ross Foundation, June Travis and Transamerica.

Video: We talked with the three 2016 student playwriting finalists and looked in as their plays were read by professional actors at the 2016 Colorado New Play Summit in February. Video by John Moore and David Lenk for the DCPA NewsCenter.

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