Senior Earns a Playwriting Award

Senior Earns a Playwriting Award photo
Rye Neck High School senior Grace O’Rourke – a talented actor and writer and an accomplished student – has been selected as one of three finalists for the Palace Theatre’s 2019 Ernie DiMattia Emerging Young Artist Scholarship Award for her original play, “Pushing Up Daisies.” 

“I’m so proud of Grace,” theater director Scott Harris said. “In her time as a Rye Neck theater student, she has taken intermediate acting, advanced acting and musical theater class, played leading roles in many of our plays and musicals, and was also a Thespian Officer for the past two years. Not to mention her astounding academic achievements – she is the salutatorian of her class. The fact that she submitted her play this year on her own, and not as part of a class project, just further illustrates her immense talent and work ethic.” 

O’Rourke was invited to attend the annual awards ceremony on May 20, where her play was performed onstage by a group of students from New York University’s Tisch Drama program. 

In addition, O’Rourke’s play is featured in this year's edition of the high school's literary magazine, Muses, which will be available in early June.