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Academy At Festival by TOMCAVANAUGH

Inspired and crafted by the members of Deviantart, my one act play, THE ACADEMY OF SUPER HEROES is one of the finalists in this years Pittsburgh New Works Theater Festival!…

Pittsburgh New Works Festival is dedicated to fostering the development of original one-act plays. PNWF is an annual event.  Each September, 12 new one-act plays are produced by different theater companies during the four weeks of the festival.  Established in 1991, the Pittsburgh New Works Festival is the Pittsburgh Region’s original and longest-running new play festival, located at Off the Wall Theater in the heart of Carnegie’s vibrant downtown.

THE ACADEMY OF SUPERHEROES will be brought to life on the stage by the members of the ACTORS CIVIC THEATER under the direction of James Critchfield.  The director has brought in another artist / cartoon animator and have begun to design cartoon characters of the four super hero characters and will incorporate the drawings into the costume and set design of the production.

Soooo in true Deviantart fashion the production is being constructed from the page to the stage!!!!  A total marriage of visual arts!

The festival describes the play as "A tour is being given to the audience by a doctor and several super hero students reveal themselves and their super hero problems with an interesting twist at the end."

The Academy of Super Heroes by TOMCAVANAUGH

Originally posted to my gallery on November 5th of 2013, THE ACADEMY OF SUPER HEROES was chosen as a Daily Deviation on March 17, 2014. 

"The Academy of Super Heroes by TOMCAVANAUGH is, as the suggester says, a clever pastiche of the superhero genre that moves on to a striking, poignant close. ( Suggested by bookloverblue and Featured by neurotype )"

The critiques and feedback from the deviantart community were then worked into the re-writes of the play and then the play was submitted to the judges of the festival.  The festival receives hundreds of one act plays for consideration, but only selects 12 to be produced.

THE ACADEMY OF SUPER HEROES will receive 5 productions along with 2 other one act plays that were chosen for the Program C portion of the festival...
Thursday, September 18 @ 8pm
Saturday, September 20 @ 5pm
Sunday, September 21 @ 2pm
Friday, September 26 @ 8pm
Saturday, September 27 @ 8pm

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I really believe that without you both this wonderful chance of a life time would not be happening!!!!

THANKS to the House of Playwrights a group that has encouraged and supported my work and this piece while always providing playwrights a chance to grow and develop. 
Really a great group here on DA!

  House-of-playwrights by TOMCAVANAUGH

Special thanks to all the members and staff of Deviantart especially techgnotic

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The support, respect and interaction I have had with this community has always been positive and encouraging, but at the same time has allowed me to develop my work in way that would normally
not be possible!




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Tom Cavanaugh
Artist | Professional | Literature
United States
Tom Cavanaugh was born in Newark, New Jersey. He received a B.S. in Computer Science and Business Administration from Seton Hall University in 1987. In May of 2000, he received an M.F.A. from the Actors Studio Drama School at the New School for Social Research in New York City. Cavanaugh’s playwriting professors at the Actors Studio Drama School included: Romulus Linney, Jim Ryan, Jeffrey Sweet and Laura Maria Censabella. In 1999 while at the Studio, Tom was a semi-finalist in the Chesterfield Films Writers Foundation Project in Los Angeles.

Cavanaugh’s one-act play THE CIRCUS STILL COMES TO TOWN was produced as part of the Thesis Repertory Season at Circle in the Square Downtown (NYC). Veteran playwright Jonathan Reynolds and director/actor Carlyn Glynn mentored the production.

Cavanaugh served as Associate Producer for Ensemble Studio Theatre (NYC) in 2000 and his short plays 50TH & 8TH and AMEN were produced there in special presentation. 50TH & 8TH was selected a few months later for a showcase production by the Atlantic Theater Company in New York City.

Under the guidance of playwright Edward Allan Baker, Cavanaugh wrote the one act play DINER TALK in a workshop at Ensemble Studio Theatre. DINER TALK was awarded first prize in the Jersey Voices One Act Play Festival and was produced that summer in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Cavanaugh won his first screenplay competition in 2002 and was featured as a “Writer to Watch” in the March/April 2006 issue of “Script” magazine. HARVEST, a short erotic thriller, won third prize in Toucan Films Short Screenplay Competition in Burbank, CA. THE HEROES OF ’76, a coming of age screenplay about a boy growing up in Asbury Park in 1976, was a semi-finalist in the 2003 Sundance Institute Feature Film Development Project.

In 2005, Tom’s one act plays, ICONS and STARS IN CEMENT were produced for one month of shows in the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s, Hollywood Boulevard Playwriting Competition at the Actors Playpen in Hollywood, California.

Tom received his first commission for writing the one act play, ACE OF HEARTS in 2009. Twilight Productions produced ACE OF HEARTS during the summer of 2009 in Gilbertsville, Kentucky and has commissioned Cavanaugh to write two companion one act plays for a trilogy production in 2010.

Tom’s full length play BEHOLD was a 2010 finalist in the New American Playwrights Development Program at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and was one of three winners of the 2011 Pickering Award for Excellence in Playwriting. His one act play, WONDER won the Irene Bashore Award for Playwriting from Firstage Los Angeles.

Cavanaugh’s “coming of age” screenplay, THE WILDNESS TREATMENT was one of twenty scripts to receive Honorable Mention at the 2012 Los Angeles Movie Awards. THE WILDNESS TREATMENT is about a group of teens that are court ordered to attend a wilderness Boot Camp in the Utah desert.

Tom’s full length play ADAM & YOSHI is a finalist in The 2nd Annual McKinney Repertory Theatre New Play Competition in McKinney, Texas, one of three finalist for the 2013 New American Playwrights Development Program at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and won the 2012 Make the House Roar Prize for Comic Plays at the Lionheart Theater in Georgia.

Cavanaugh has been a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. since 1998 and is currently living in Hollywood.

Current Residence: Hollywood
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Favourite photographer: Dorothea Lange
Favourite style of art: Surrealism
Favourite cartoon character: Marvin the Martian
Personal Quote: "Sleep sweet, dream bigger!"


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LashelleValentine Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student Photographer
Thank you so very much for the points, you have no idea how much I appreciate it :hug:
TOMCAVANAUGH Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional Writer
My pleasure.. good luck and keep in touch!  Love your page!!!
LashelleValentine Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student Photographer
Thanks again dear :hug:
BornWithTheSun Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the watch! :) It's much appreciated!
DavidSimpson2112 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
thanks for the watch
SNOWRITER Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the watch.
simplykit19 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
thank you for the watch mr. cavanaugh :)

peace and rock on! :headbang:
The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Filmographer
That's quite a resume in your Deviant ID! Also, that's quite a lot of writing in your gallery; possibly even too much for my hyperactive attention span. :typerhappy:
TOMCAVANAUGH Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional Writer
LOL... not even half of the writing....
SuperCgirl Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for the Watch! :hug:
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