AGNES NIXON PLAYWRITING FESTIVAL

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PROSPECT PARK’S THE ONLINE NETWORK JOINS FORCES WITH THE AGNES NIXON PLAYWRITING FESTIVAL AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY TO OFFER STUDENTS A CHANCE TO HONE THEIR CRAFT

The Company Behind the Highly Anticipated April 29th Online Debuts of ‘All My Children’ And ‘One Life To Live,’ Asks Students To Pen A Script for ‘All My Children’ And Honor The Legacy of The Iconic, Emmy Winning Writer/Creator 

Prospect Park’s The Online Network has teamed up with Northwestern University to offer students involved in the school’s annual Agnes Nixon Playwriting Festival a unique opportunity to honor the festival’s namesake. Prospect Park co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz, a Northwestern alumnus, and Barbara O’Keefe, Dean, Northwestern University School of Communication, announced today that the writing winners for this year’s festival will be given the opportunity to craft a script for Nixon’s iconic serial drama “All My Children” which will relaunch online on April 29th along with the popular drama “One Life To Live.” Emmy Award winner Agnes Nixon, a soap opera pioneer, is a creative consultant on both programs.

The writers and festival program at the school will receive an outline for an upcoming episode when the show premieres on April 29th and then have one week to produce a finished script. The festival and writers will share in a grant for their efforts.

Dean O’Keefe said, “Agnes Nixon not only had the foresight to help us create and build our playwriting program at Northwestern—she is supporting our most talented students as they take the next steps in their development.  It is amazing that someone like Ms. Nixon, a pioneer in serialized television, is helping our twenty-first century students use the newest channels for presenting their work.”

“Agnes has been a pioneer in every way, she has inspired and nurtured the careers of countless individuals and we are truly honored that she is so actively involved in our efforts to breathe new life into her storied franchises,” said Prospect Park founder Jeff Kwatinetz. “We wanted to honor her legacy and the festival that bears her name. What better way to do that than by giving some of the school’s best and brightest students the chance to craft an episode of one of her beloved creations, ‘All My Children’.”

“This is a terrific opportunity for our students to experience the rigors of writing for television,” said School of Communication playwriting professor Laura Schellhardt. “Interacting with the production team for ‘All My Children’ under the same parameters and time constraints facing  professional writer’s rooms is a privilege, and we’re honored to tackle a project so close to Ms. Nixon’s heart.  The project has also afforded us the opportunity to bring more guest artists to campus this quarter, which benefits the entire Agnes Nixon Festival team of undergraduate directors, actors and dramaturgs as well.”

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