2020 Frost & Dodd Playwriting Competition Winners

The 2020 Frost & Dodd Playwriting Competition Winners

The Department of Theater is proud to announce the winners of the 93nd annual Frost Student Playwriting Competition and the 45th annual Ruth & Loring Dodd Student Playwriting Competition.

The winning one-act plays will be performed via distance technology 2020 Frost & Dodd Student Play Festival in July 2020. Click here for more information about the Frost & Dodd Competitions.

THE 2020 RUTH AND LORING DODD PLAYWRITING COMPETITION WINNER

Spaceship 99
by Naomi Lam '21

Because of the declining habitability of the earth, humanity’s last hope is to colonize another planet. However, only a select few will be taken on this journey. Spaceship 99 follows four people as they go through the selection process to earn a place in humanity’s next frontier.

Naomi Lam '21 is a history and theater double major. She was born and raised in Miami, FL. In high school, she joined the drama club to confront her fear of public speaking. She’s been in love with theater ever since. Outside of participating in theater department productions, Naomi is involved with the Dartmouth Glee Club, the Office of Pluralism and Leadership Ambassadors, First-Year Undergraduate Advising, and Epsilon Kappa Theta. She would like to thank her parents for taking her to shows as a kid.

THE 2020 ELEANOR FROST PLAYWRITING COMPETITION WINNERS

N.I.G.G.A. (For Black Boys and the Black Folk Who’ve Loved Them)​ 
by Armond Epps Dorsey '20
A verse novel play about seven Black Boys who enter a seemingly normal barbershop and learn lessons in manhood. The play centers on Black masculinity--its traditional definitions, how Black men embody or adapt aspects of traditional Black masculinity, and challenges to Black masculinity.  

Armond Epps Dorsey ’20 is a first-generation student and graduating senior at Dartmouth College pursuing a major in music modified with neuroscience and a minor in African and African-American studies. Armond not only graces the stage as a spoken word poet and classically-trained clarinetist but also writes for the stage as a playwright and composer. Dartmouth has been a world of artistic firsts for Armond--where he first received clarinet lessons and first began writing. As a musician, Armond aspires to design music therapies to spread the joy and healing of music. As a writer, Armond creates original poems and plays centered on storytelling, Black masculinity, sexuality, and being. After Dartmouth, Armond intends to study in the United Kingdom, attaining his MA in Music at the University of Birmingham.

Little Circles 
by Savannah MIller '21

The devoted mother, the violent outsider, the prodigal daughter, the closeted son—these are the characters brought back together by a global pandemic. Over several weeks, family ties are tested… and broken.

Savannah Miller ’21 is a theater major and english and russian double minor from Windsor, Virginia. While her start was in acting, Miller finds herself drawn to the more literary aspects of theatre, specifically playwriting and dramaturgy. At Dartmouth, she has had two original plays produced through the Department of Theater: Eleanor Frost Playwriting Contest Winner The House (Summer 2018) and Trivia Champion (Summer 2019). She also has experience with stage management, working as an assistant stage manager on the theater department’s Cabaret (2017) and stage-managing “Dartmouth Idol” with the Hopkins Center for the Arts this past winter. As a theatre artist, Miller has worked with different theatrical organizations, including the New York Theatre Workshop, the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater, the Stratford Festival, and the Virginia Theatre Association. Outside of the arts, she writes for the student newspaper on campus, is a tour guide and undergraduate advisor, and is an active member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority. She also considers herself a connoisseur of bad puns and “dad jokes.” After Dartmouth, Miller plans to attend graduate school for playwriting and pursue a career as a writer and arts educator.


2020 Frost Competition Honorable Mention:

Drowning
by Mia Nelson '22

Mia Nelson '22
is studying english and biology at Dartmouth. Her poetry is most recently published in The American Poetry Review. She has a national Gold Medal in Fiction from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her poetry has been recognized by Princeton University, Columbia College, The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, and The Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award, among others. At Dartmouth, she received honorable mention for The Ralston Prize, awarded for the most outstanding student in an introductory creative writing class. She is indebted to Moss Kaplan and Azar Kohzadi of Denver School of the Arts, the best teachers you could ask for.