The Tony-winning Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen is the inspiration for the newly launched “You Will Be Found” College Essay Writing Challenge, open to 11th and 12th grade students in all five New York City boroughs and the Greater New York City area.
The top prize is a $1,500 scholarship to the student’s selected college or educational institution, plus a six-week creative writing class at Gotham Writers Workshop and four tickets to see Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway.
Students are asked to respond to the song “You Will Be Found,” the show’s first act closer, and describe how the anthem resonates with them and has impacted their own lives. The winning essay will be published on the Gotham Writers Workshop website and across Dear Evan Hansen’s social channels.
Entries must be received by April 22 at 11:59 PM. Winners will be honored during The Roger Rees Awards on May 19 in New York City.
The contest is presented by Gotham Writers Workshop and the Broadway Education Alliance, a co-founder of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (known more commonly as the Jimmy Awards) and New York's Roger Rees Awards. Broadway's current title player in Dear Evan Hansen, Andrew Barth Feldman, won both awards last year.
Dear Evan Hansen features a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and a book by Steven Levenson. The musical opened in December 2016 at the Music Box Theatre, and went on to win six Tony Awards, including Best Book, Best Score, and Best Musical.