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Announcing the 2021 Democracyworks Winners

Savannah Brown, 2021 Democracyworks Winner
Savannah Brown

How would you describe your own high school theatre experience? Was it a space where you learned to feel confident? To express yourself? To empathize?

Those were the themes our 2021 Democracyworks winners shared in response to this prompt: How does theatre support your social and emotional well-being and foster a welcoming school environment?  

Sponsored by Concord Theatricals, the contest is a unique opportunity for Thespians interested in advocating for theatre education. In addition to a cash prize, the winning essayist for this coveted award participates in EdTA’s spring advocacy efforts, including activities such as virtual visits to legislators, advocacy training sessions and more.

In a two-step adjudication process, a panel of 20 judges narrowed down the 2021 essay submissions to select these three finalists:

Winning Essay
Savannah Brown
Troupe 6303
Timber Creek High School

First Runner-Up
Cameron Krouch
Troupe 7888
George Ranch High School

Second Runner-Up
Julianna Rose
Troupe 1623
Wantagh High School

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