Innovative Playwriting Instruction Award

About the Award

Each year, SETC honors a high school teacher for innovation in teaching playwriting as part of their curriculum, regardless of discipline. For example, a lesson plan where students write monologues in the voice of an historical character figure for a history class or a short play on molecular adhesion in a science class would be eligible for recognition as would a formal course in playwriting. Key factors are quality of instruction, philosophy behind the use of playwriting instruction in the classroom, and successful realization of student work. Teachers may nominate themselves.


Nominations for the Innovative Playwriting Instruction Award are accepted between March 1 and June 1, annually. The winner will be announced in November.

Nominees will be asked to submit a description of their innovative teaching, their CV, and two letters of recommendation from those familiar with their teaching (one such letter can be from the nominator). Nominators are encouraged, where appropriate, to include samples of student work in support of the nomination. The Chair of the Innovative Playwriting Instruction Award Committee and a panel of advisers will review all nominations.

The winning High School Teacher will be recognized during the award ceremony of the annual convention and will receive funding for travel, accommodations, conference registration, an award banquet ticket, a one-year membership in SETC, and a cash award in the amount of $250. The winning teacher must agree to attend the convention (always in early March) to be eligible to receive the award.

More Information

Contact Kimberly Patterson, Innovative Playwriting Instruction Award Chair, for more information.

2018 Winner

Kimberly Patterson

Kimberly Patterson has worked for more than 15 years in academic, professional and artistic fields. She has been teaching at Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach, FL since its inception in 2011, and manages the theater program there. Her specialties are stagecraft, Shakespeare and writing for performance. Her students have twice been semi-finalists in the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, and this year performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the American High School Theater Festival. In 2016, she was awarded the Linda P. Wise Grant for Theatre Educators from the Educational Theatre Association. Kimberly is passionate about bringing new plays to the high school classroom and has commissioned plays from nationally-recognized playwrights for her students to perform. Prior to joining the faculty at Oxbridge, she worked for both McGraw-Hill Education and ProQuest Education in content development. Kimberly has a Masters degree from NYU’s Gallatin School and is a member of the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University and the Dramatists Guild.

Past Winners

2017 – Stacy “Alea” McKinley
2016 – Darlene Freemon
2015 – Bill Leavengood