Watch Marina Leo’s (Class of 2022) Award Winning Play “Bird of Paradise”

Marina Leo Wins DCPA Playwriting Competition

Congrats to Marina Leo for being one of three winners of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Education student playwriting program: the AT&T High School Playwriting Competition. Marina’s play, “Bird of Paradise,” was selected out of 129 submissions representing 31 area schools and reviewed by a panel of artistic, literary and theatre education professionals.

Marina’s play will be included in the 2021 Playwriting Anthology. Additionally, each of the three winning High School playwrights received a $250 cash prize, an opportunity to develop their script with a professional director and dramaturg, and had a reading of their play streamed live from the Seawell Ballroom. The DSA Theatre Department will also receive $250 toward the purchase of books or tools for the classrooms.

Check out the recorded live stream of Bird of Paradise from the DCPA’s Seawell Ballroom.


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The DCPA’s High School Playwriting Competition is made possible by the generous support of title sponsor AT&T, The Robert and Judi Newman Family Foundation, and Transamerica.

Originally designed for high school students, DCPA Education offers free playwriting workshops to area high schools and invites students to submit one-act plays into an annual competition. The program has proven to be so popular, that it was expanded to middle school students last fall. Since its inception, the workshops and competition have impacted more than 25,000 students.