It is with gratitude and deep respect that I extend a heartfelt thank you to Dina Janis for her outstanding leadership of the Dorset Theater Festival. Specifically, I would like to commend her and her team for organizing the second annual Jean E. Miller Young Playwrights Competition that provided a unique writing experience for middle and high school students. She and her team held a series of workshops in local schools last spring to help students gain insight into the art and craft of writing dramatic plays and to support teachers in the teaching of playwriting.
On Friday, Sept. 13, Dina hosted a celebration of the winning plays, which were read by enthusiastic Bennington College drama students. This was an outstanding community event, and I am truly grateful for all the folks who helped to make this possible for our students.
Dr. M. Fran Bisselle
Head of Maple Street School