On May 9, three high school students will experience the joy of live theatre in a whole new way – as playwrights. Hannah Ginste (of Riverside, CT), Noah Vienne (of Rye, NY) and Lulu Tagger (of Rye, NY) were named winners of The Palace Theatre’s 2022 Ernie DiMattia Emerging Young Artist Awards for their writing of an original one-act play. All three will witness their voices and visions come to life with a staged reading by professional actors at The Palace in Stamford.
Hannah Ginste was awarded $500 for her play, “A Conversation Between Fallen Angels.” The Palace also recognized Lulu Tagger, a junior at Rye Neck High School in Mamaroneck, NY, for “The Middle of the Beach” and Rye Neck High School junior Noah Vienne for his play, “A Life’s Work.” Tagger and Vienne both received $500 for their winning submissions.
The Palace has brought in Luis Salgado, and Salgado Productions directors Florencia Cuenca, Marina Montesanti and Claudia Mulet to guest direct the staged readings, which will be attended by the playwrights’ parents, teachers and friends as well as Stamford Center for the Arts board members.
“Congratulations to Hannah, Noah and Lulu for their excellent work,” said Michael Moran, President and CEO of The Palace. “Arts education is extremely important to The Palace. We are thrilled to welcome all of our directors and actors and are excited to see how they will bring the unique vision of each young playwright to life.”
The Emerging Young Artist Award was established in 2010 and is open to all high school students from Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Winners have included instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, actors and playwrights. In 2015, the award was renamed for Ernie DiMattia, former president of The Ferguson Library in Stamford and a longtime Stamford Center for the Arts board member.
The Palace’s Arts in Education programs are year-round and strive to educate, challenge and inspire area youth by offering opportunities in performing, choreography, master classes and intensives in acting, voice, writing, music and dance. Students learn skills that are important in academic and life success such as confidence, problem solving, teamwork, perseverance and focus.
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