For the past 25 years, Theatre UAB’s Apsey Play Search has sought new and original full-length plays that confront racial or ethnic issues, especially those calling for ethnically diverse and/or multiracial casting. The Apsey Award offers a $1,000 prize plus a staged reading and audience talk-back at Theatre UAB and the possibility of a fully mounted production.
Kamps, a New York-based playwright known most recently for his play “What It Means to Disappear Here,” earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. He has been a finalist or semifinalist for The Lark, Woodward International Playwriting Contest and the Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Conference. In 2011, his play “Water Hyacinth” received awards from the NYU Festival of New Works and the Hudson Valley Writers Center. In addition to his work as a writer, Kamps also is a youth educator who has taught and worked in the United States, Latin America and East Africa.