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STAGE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION WITH $10,000 PRIZE FOR PLAYS ABOUT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY


Deadline:
Tue Jul 25, 2006 15:42

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCES 2nd INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION WITH $10,000 PRIZE FOR PLAYS ABOUT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Website: www.cnsi.ucsb.edu/stage E-mail: stage@cnsi.ucsb.edu

The Professional Artists Lab and the California NanoSystems Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara continue their collaboration with the second STAGE International Script Competition, open to plays about science and technology.

The winning script in the Scientists, Technologists and Artists Generating Exploration (STAGE) competition will receive $10,000 USD; a staged reading with a cast of professional actors and simultaneous participation in an awards event with distinguished professionals from the worlds of theatre, film, science and technology; and the opportunity to go through the Professional Artists Lab's development process, which includes access to advice and guidance from professional theatre and film artists as well as experts in the fields of science, engineering and technology.

Scripts will be judged by an esteemed panel of jurors from both the arts and sciences. Previous judges included Nobel Laureates David Gross (2004 Physics) and Alan Heeger (2000 Chemistry); playwright and MacArthur Fellow Luis Alfaro; award-winning theatre, film and television director Arvin Brown; Dr. Polly Carl, Producing Artistic Director of the Minneapolis Playwrights' Center; Professional Artists Lab Playwright-in-Residence Barbara Lebow; and Eduardo Machado, award-winning playwright and Artistic Director of New York's INTAR Theatre.

Submitted plays must explore scientific and/or technological stories, themes, issues or events. (The competition is not open to plays written in the genre of science fiction; it is open to non-traditional theatre pieces, pieces that are not necessarily script-based, and works that incorporate multi-media. See website for details.) Entries must be postmarked by January 15, 2007. The winning play will be announced on June 15, 2007.

For details about the competition and submission guidelines, visit www.cnsi.ucsb.edu/stage. For questions or additional information, please e-mail stage@cnsi.ucsb.edu.

STAGE endeavors to:

- foster new and imaginative voices and methods of storytelling.
- catalyze the development of art that depicts the technological age in which we live.
- cultivate appreciation and collaboration between the two cultures of science and art.
- promote understanding of the sciences in the public arena.
- accomplish all of the above within an international community.

The Professional Artists Lab (www.proartslab.ucsb.edu) is a dynamic artistic laboratory in the Department of Film Studies and the Media Arts and Technology Program at UCSB, in which professional actors, directors, writers and producers create and develop new works in film, theatre, television, radio and multi-media performance.

The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) (www.cnsi.ucsb.edu/stage), one of the prestigious California Institutes for Science Innovation, focuses on dramatic breakthroughs in materials, devices and resulting technologies, made possible by controlling form and function at the nanoscale. These breakthroughs are being accomplished through the integration of many science and engineering disciplines, and will have broad applications for innovation in communication, biomedical, energy and environmental technologies.

The Professional Artists Lab and CNSI plan to launch many other collaborations, including STAGE 2, a similar competition for screenplays about science and technology.

A poster for the Competition is available at:
http://www.cnsi.ucsb.edu/stage/about/stage_poster_2006.pdf or will be mailed to you upon your request.

Information about the winners of the first round of the STAGE Competition may be found at:
http://www.ia.ucsb.edu/pa/display.aspx?pkey80.

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STAGE Script Competition
Professional Artists Lab
CNSI - MC 6105
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6105
E-mail: stage@cnsi.ucsb.edu
URL: www.cnsi.ucsb.edu/stage
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