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Mara Dresner accepted into national playwriting competition

Mara Dresner

Mara Dresner

Mara Dresner of Rocky Hill is one of 16 playwrights accepted into The PlayOffs playwriting competition and festival, sponsored by Horse & Cart in Denver, Colo. More than 165 playwrights from around the world applied for the competition, which kicked off August 1 at Paris on the Platte in Denver.

Each week, playwrights will be asked to create an original work based on assigned parameters. As in a reality show, a certain number of playwrights will be “voted off” every week, either by an audience vote, online voting or a combination.

On August 29, the winner of the competition will be named. In addition to a cash prize, the winning playwright will be asked to create an original work for the theater. All of the pieces written for the competition will be included in an e-book anthology.

Dresner’s plays have been produced by theaters across the country, including by the American Theatre of Actors in New York City; DeVry University in Illinois; Muscatine Country Arts Council in Iowa; Center Stage Players in West Virginia; Evansville (Wisc.) High School; and Theatre Guild of Simsbury and Windsor Jesters in Connecticut. Her farce An Impeccable Larceny is published by Samuel French (samuelfrench.com). She is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

An award-winning journalist, Dresner is also author of Super-Charge Your Staff Meetings: 52 ways to create fun, meaningful, memorable meetings that your employees will love, a Grand Award winner from the 2012 Awards for Publication Excellence (APEX), and co-author of the second edition of Fast Forward: The Definitive Guide to Salon, Spa and Medspa Management.

She has voiced numerous radio commercials and corporate projects, and has appeared in a number of commercials and films, as well as performing in murder mysteries. She also teaches acting and public speaking in adult education programs.

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