Supported by a generous donation by award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig, the author of comic hits including Crazy for You and Lend Me a Tenor, this scholarship is based on a student playwright’s body of work.  Writers submit a resume of their work, a nominating letter from a faculty sponsor, three scripts (one of which must be at least sixty minutes in length) and a cover sheet for each play.

All materials should be sent to the artistic director of the Kennedy Center ( in PDF format.

Writers must be a current undergraduate or within two years after graduation with an undergraduate degree.  Writers must be planning to attend a college or university theatre or writing program in the festival's academic year.

The individual must represent a school that has a KCACTF associate or participating entry in the current Festival Year.

KEN LUDWIG is an internationally-acclaimed playwright who has had six productions on Broadway and six in London’s West End.  He has won two Laurence Olivier Awards (three Tony Award nominations, two Helen Hayes Awards and the Edgar Award. His work has been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and has been performed in over thirty countries in at least twenty languages. Broadway and West End shows include Crazy For YouLend Me A TenorMoon Over BuffaloTwentieth CenturyThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Treasure Island.  Other major plays include Shakespeare in HollywoodLeading LadiesBe My Baby, The Game’s Afoot, The Fox on the Fairway, and adaptations of The Beaux' Stratagem and The Three Musketeers.  Over the years, his plays have starred, among others, Alec Baldwin, Mickey Rooney, Carol Burnett, Lynn Redgrave, Hal Holbrook and Frank Langella.  His book, How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare, will be published in 2012 by Crown Publishing.  He studied music at Harvard with Leonard Bernstein and theatre history at Cambridge University in England. For more information, please visit

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