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 SETC Convention and will receive funding for travel, accommodations, convention 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 upcoming SETC Convention (typically held in late February / early March) to be eligible to receive the award.

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Joe Sendek

Joe Sendek is the Theatre Teacher and Performing Arts Director at Perry High School in Perry, GA. He received his BFA in Theatre and his MEd in Theatre Education from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. Specialties include Puppetry, Playwriting, Physical Performance, and Theatre for Young Audiences. Joe has written a number of plays in the past several years. Most recently, Joe has delved deeper into puppet building and a puppetry project for area students and the performing arts community. Joe enjoys traveling around the world with his wife, Melissa, and their son, Jacob. 

Past Winners

2019 – Riley Braem
2018 – Kimberly Patterson
2017 – Stacy “Alea” McKinley
2016 – Darlene Freemon
2015 – Bill Leavengood


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