VSA Playwright Discovery Program

City Theatre is a proud partner of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in bringing the VSA Playwright Discovery Program to Pittsburgh classrooms.

Playwright Discovery gives students the skills to create original scripts, and to tell stories that address the disability experience via theatre or other media arts. There is a secondary focus on writing, literacy and communication skills.

VSA Playwright Discovery programs are conducted at the local, regional and national level and provide students with a rich curriculum exploring the disability experience by focusing on playwriting, writing for film/video, or writing for audio storytelling.

These programs serve all students with and without disabilities in Middle School and High School. Scripts created by students participating in VSA Playwright Discovery programs are submitted to the VSA Playwright Discovery competition, which culminates in a workshop and staged reading of select scripts that takes place in Washington D.C. every fall.



For more information about the VSA Playwright Discovery Program, contact Kristen Link, Director of Education and Accessibility, by email or by calling 412.431.4400 x225.

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VSA Playwright Discovery Partner School

City Theatre has partnered with the Watson Institute’s Friendship Academy, located in Pittsburgh’s Friendship neighborhood. As both an approved private school (APS) and a school-based partial hospital component (PHP), Friendship Academy serves 155 students from first to twelfth grade, specializing in meeting their individual educational and mental health challenges.