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Committed to developing the next generation of NC State playwrights, The WRIGHT Way Series features workshops, readings, and masterclasses whose primary focus is supporting winners of the Creative Artist Award through the development of their award-winning plays — the right way.

Creative Artist Award in Theatre highlights budding playwrights

Jameson Wolfe, Assistant Culture Editor

Mar. 30-Apr. 2
Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre

This 2022 Creative Artist Award-winning one-act play is a contemporary rendition of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth exploring the relationship between art and science as Finn, a microbiologist, grieves the loss of Eurydice, the artist no longer by his side.

Muse by Gaven Bell artwork.

Gaven Bell is a senior majoring in biological sciences with a concentration in integrative physiology and neurobiology and minors in science communication and theatre.

What We Grew Up With
by Kiran Soma

2023 Creative Artist Winner

Kiran Soma, 2023 Creative Artist Winner in theatre for his play “What We Grew Up With.” Kiran’s play will be developed during the spring with production scheduled for the fall ’23 semester.

This 2023 Creative Artist winning one-act play is set in the United States post 9/11, and follows an immigrant family and their experiences navigating racism, xenophobia, and estrangement. A sentimental drama, it highlights issues that touch aspects of all of our lives and displays the importance of making real progress on inclusion and belonging.

Previous student-written plays

A Case of Salt, 2021 Creative Artist Award Winner by Gaven Bell

Static, 2020 Creative Artist Award Winner by Aysia Slade

Middle Grounds, 2020 Creative Artist Award (Honorable Mention) by Penny Lawrence and Jack Deweese

Heritage, 2020 Creative Artist Award (Honorable Mention) by Griffin James