Torrey Highlands resident Sofia Miller was named a winner in the Playwrights Project’s 2017 California Young Playwrights Contest, resulting in a stage reading of her play in the 33rd Annual Plays by Young Writers festival at The Old Globe in January. Sofia wrote the play, called A Life or Death Situation, in a playwriting program at Black Mountain Middle School taught by Playwrights Project Teaching Artist Wendy Waddell.

Contest winners were selected by a panel of esteemed judges from 432 scripts submitted by students ages 11 to 18 across the state. The selection criteria focused on creative ideas, intriguing and authentic characters, fresh use of language, a story that is revealed through dialogue and action, and a script that would benefit from further development in the production process. Four winning scripts received full professional productions, and two scripts received staged readings in the festival. Learn more about the Playwrights Project at