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Acting student wins UM's first playwriting competition


The University of Miami Department of Theatre Arts on Tuesday, April 2, announced the winner of its inaugural playwriting competition: junior Mona Pirnot for her play Practicum.

Majoring in acting, Pirnot is a bachelor of fine arts student from Sarasota. She was chosen from among three undergraduate finalists who included Sean Beloff (Misreading the Signs) and William Hector (Draco).

Pirnot’s winning play will be showcased with a workshop presentation and fundraising benefit at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, 1312 Miller Dr. on the UM campus.

Practicum tells the story of what happens when a college student, in the middle of an existential crisis, writes a documentary drama that hits too close to home and forces her to decide whether honesty really is the best policy.

A faculty panel from the Department of Theatre Arts selected the three finalists. The winner was chosen by a panel of professionals, including Miami Herald theater critic Christine Dolen, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz, award-winning director Victor Maog, noted playwright Lucas Hnath, and Edith Freni, lecturer in playwriting and play analysis at UM.

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