Adam Driver served nearly three years in the Marine Corps before an injury ended his military career. Soon after, Driver caught the acting bug and now he wants other service members to try their hands at theater.
Driver, who joined the Marine Corps after the Sept. 11 attacks, founded the Arts in the Armed Forces organization to provide theater programming for active duty service members, veterans and their families. In celebration of the organization’s tenth anniversary, Driver launched a playwriting award to recognize emerging talent within the U.S. military.
The winner will receive a $10,000 prize and an AITAF-produced reading of their work next year. Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, of “Topdog/Underdog” fame, will serve as the head judge. Parks grew up in a military family.
In addition to the prize money, this award will connect the winner with the theater community and give the service member or veteran access to various developmental resources to help them succeed.
Submissions will be accepted through March 1, 2018. Visit AITAF for submission guidelines.
You can catch Driver’s latest film, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” when it opens tomorrow.
By Yolanda R. Arrington