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Clarissa Pollard `19 Wins Dorset Theatre Festival Young Playwright Competition

November 05, 2019

STRATTONSMS Alumna Clarissa Pollard `19 has been selected as one of two winners in the High School division of the Dorset Theatre Festival’s Jean E. Miller Young Playwrights Competition, marking the third winning submission by an SMS student in as many years. Pollard is joined by Zoe Grigsby from Burr & Burton Academy, and readings of both students’ plays will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 18 at the Manchester Community Library. 

Clarissa is a gifted writer who embraced the playwright workshops last spring,” said SMS English Teacher Mary Mangiacotti, who advised Pollard for the contest. “She used her play to explore how the different personalities in a friendship of three women evolve twenty years after their high school graduation. They deal with a trauma that occurred at a high school party in different ways based on who they are at their core and their circumstances in life. I loved the way she allowed her writing to unfold through her creative process, giving each character a life of her own.”

SMS students welcomed Playwright Jessieh Ruth Averitt, a Playwright from Philadelphia who studies at Bennington College, last spring for a series of workshops as part of the competition. 

I’m so grateful to Jessieh Ruth Averitt, Dina Janis, the Artistic Director of Dorset Theater, and Jean Miller, whose spirit continues to inspire young writers, for providing our students with the opportunity to learn more about writing in this unique genre,” Mangiacotti concluded. “I can’t wait to see what Clarissa does in the future with her talent!”

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Stratton Mountain School is an independent boarding and day school that focuses on college preparatory academics and competitive winter sports. Located at the base of Stratton Mountain, SMS serves students in grades 7 – 12.

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