Milken Community Schools is proud to announce that the inaugural Milken Playwriting Prize has been awarded to Walt McGough for his play Advice for Astronauts
.Advice for Astronauts
was chosen through a selection process involving dozens of readers including theatre professionals as well as school faculty, staff, students, and parents. For the next six months, playwright McGough will revise his play with support through readings at Milken and feedback from students and the director, in preparation for its premiere at Milken Community Schools in November, 2015. "Walt McGough's characters are drawn to the mysteries of the universe and long for a deeper connection to the ones they love," says Artistic Director Robert Menna. "McGough writes with such a playful spirit, and his characters are often funny and tender in the same breath."
Walt McGough is a Boston-based playwright (by way of Pittsburgh, Virginia, and Chicago), and has held fellowships with both the Huntington and New Repertory Theatre Companies. His produced plays include The Farm, Priscilla Dreams the Answer, and Pattern of Life, all of which received Best New Play nominations from the Independent Reviewers of New England, as well as Chalk, Dante Dies!! (and then things get weird), The Haberdasher! (a tale of derring-do), and Paper City Phoenix. He has worked around the country with companies such as The Lark, the Huntington, Boston Playwrights Theatre, New Rep, Fresh Ink, Sideshow Theatre Company, Orfeo Group, Nu Sass Productions, Chicago Dramatists, and Argos Productions. He is a founding ensemble member of Chicago's Sideshow Theatre Company, serves on the staff at SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston, and was previously the Company Manager at Chicago Dramatists. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia, and an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University.