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The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

The Ken Ludwig Playwriting Scholarship

Supported by a generous donation by award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig, the author of comic hits including Crazy for You and Lend Me a Tenor, this scholarship is based on a student playwright’s body of work. Writers submit a resume of their work, a nominating letter from a faculty sponsor, three scripts (one of which must be at least sixty minutes in length) and a cover sheet for each play.

The deadline for submission for this scholarship is February 1, 2019. All materials should be sent to the artistic director of the Kennedy Center ( in PDF format.

Writers must be a current undergraduate or within two years after graduation with an undergraduate degree. Writers must be planning to attend a college or university theatre or writing program in the 2019-2020 academic year.

The individual must represent a school that has a KCACTF associate or participating entry in the 2018 Festival Year.

Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig has had six shows on Broadway and seven in London’s West End, and his plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. His first play on Broadway, Lend Me A Tenor, which the Wsahington Post called "one of the classic comedies of the 20th century," won two Tony Awards and was nominated for seven.  He has also won two Laurence Olivier Awards (England's highest theater honor), the Charles MacArthur Award, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery from The Mystery Writers of America, the SETC Distinguished Career Award, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Services to the American Theatre. His plays have been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bristol Old vic.  He has written 22 plays and musicals, including Crazy For You (five years on Broadway and the West End, Tony and Olivier Award Winner for Best Musical), Moon Over Buffalo (Broadway and West End), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Broadway), Treasure Island (West End), Twentieth Century (Broadway), Leading LadiesShakespeare in HollywoodThe Game’s Afoot, The Fox on the Fairway, The Three Musketeers and The Beaux’ Stratagem. His most recent plays include Baskerville,  A Comedy of Tenors, and Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol (2015 Helen Hayes Award nominee for Outstanding Play).  His newest book, How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare, (winner of the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of 2014) is published by Random House. His plays have starred Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Lynn Redgrave, Mickey Rooney, Hal Holbrook, Dixie Carter, Tony Shalhoub, Anne Heche, Joan Collins, and Kristin Bell.  His work is published by the Yale Review, and he is a Sallie B. Goodman Fellow of the McCarter Theatre, Princeton.  He holds degrees from Harvard, where he studied music with Leonard Bernstein, Haverford College and Cambridge University.

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Previous Award Recipients

Nathaniel Whitehead, University of Northern Colorado
T.J. Young, Texas State University
Kevin Talley, Texas State University-San Marcos
Jordan Morille, Texas State University-San Marcos
Rita Anderson, Texas State University - San Marcos
Lupe Flores, Texas State University - San Marcos
Gabriel J. Dean, University of Texas at Austin
Walt McGough, Boston University
Christian Krauspe, Arizona State University