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The Heermans-McCalmon annual awards were established at the bequest of Forbes Heermans (Class of 1878) and in memory of the late George McCalmon, professor of Speech and Drama. The awards are given for the best playwriting and screenwriting produced by students. There are two cash prizes for each category: $250 for first-place entries and $100 for second-place entries. First-place winners will also be given a copy of Final Draft software and either a yearlong subscription to a relevant professional publication or a yearlong membership in a relevant professional organization.
Click here for the 2018 competition rules.
2017 winners were:
First Place: Whole Hearted by Molly Karr '18
Second Place: Child's Play by Clare Dingle '17
Honorable Mention: Triggered by Aleksej Aarsaether '17
First Place: Diary of an American Girl by Aleksej Aarsaether '17
Second Place: Linajes Reales by Irving Torres '18
Honorable Mention: Booty Call by Teagan Todd '20
A staged reading of the winning and second-place plays and a screening of an excerpt from the winning screenplay were presented in the Class of '56 Dance Theatre at the Schwartz Center on February 10, 2017. Following the readings was a panel discussion by industry professionals Felischa Marye (screenwriter), Maria Striar (artistic director, actress), and Rosalie Purvis (PhD candidate at Cornell University). PMA associate professor Beth Milles
directed the stage plays. PMA assistant professor Dehanza Rogers
directed the screenplay excerpt, which was filmed by students from her courses PMA 4420—Cinematography and PMA 4585—Advanced Film and Video Projects, with cinematography by industry professional Justin Perkinson.