PROVIDENCE, RI [Brown University] – Three students enrolled in Brown’s Masters of Fine Arts programs won prestigious national awards for outstanding dramatic writing and acting in 2021 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, which took place most of the spring.
Each year, the Kenney Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, invites 18,000 college and university students across the United States to participate in workshops and stage productions, honoring some of the festival’s top talent with prizes. . Through the centre’s National Drama Writing Program, students who write for the stage have a chance to earn all-expense-paid professional development opportunities, financial support, or active memberships in the Dramatists Guild of America.
Nkenna Akunna, MFA Brown’s dramatic writing student, received two awards for “Good fit», A dark and absurd piece that comments on the limits and freedoms attributed to people of different identities. She won a first place of $ 1,000 Rosa Parks Drama Writing Award, which recognizes outstanding one-act social justice or civil rights plays written by students and faculty, and a runner-up of $ 500 Lorraine Hansberry Prize for Dramatic Writing, which honors exceptional pieces that speak of the African-American experience.
Seayoung Yim, also a Brown MFA dramaturgy student, took home a $ 500 runner-up Paul Stephen Lim Dramatic Writing Award, which is given to outstanding plays written by students of Asian descent. The price was for his piece “Fat pot”, Which explores Korean-American identity and“ fatphobia ”in what she calls a“ fantasy fairy tale world ”.