Nicholas Schaefer, a rising junior at Loudoun County High School, has been chosen for the New Voices for the Theater residency program.
Schaefer’s play, “Did You Miss Us,” was selected from hundreds of submissions statewide for workshop, professional direction and a staged reading by professional actors during the 28th annual Festival of New Works, held earlier this month at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Shafer St. Playhouse in Richmond.
Schaefer’s play describes the struggles of one man’s thoughts as they manifest as five distinct personas. He wrote the play as an assignment for Loudoun County High Schools drama teacher John Wells’ class.
“I had zero expectation of winning, but it is an incredible honor and I am grateful for Mr. Well’s constant inspiration,” he said.
Schaefer is the 17th Loudoun County High School student in the past 25 years chosen for the prestigious award.