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Middle School Playwriting Program

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“In my 15 years of teaching, which is not much, I have never seen an experience so ignite within a child the desire to be a better writer...”
-Rebecca Mieliwocki, 2011 National Teacher of the Year 

“Growing up to be someone else is kind of hard because you have to go through a lot of things, but at the end you’ll overcome them, and then to write the plays and have this project it helps you overcome it because you feel like, ‘I can do it.’”
- Vanessa Grade 7


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Middle School Playwriting Pilot
Successfully Concludes

On May 24, 2012, Center Theatre Group culminated its 2009-2012 pilot Middle School Playwriting Program with invited guests at our offices downtown. In this program, CTG Teaching Artists partnered with middle school English teachers and actors from local theatres to work on playwriting techniques with a cohort of students as they progressed from 6th through 8th grade. Throughout the process, students were immersed in character development, improvisation, and reading and writing exercises to cultivate their knowledge and skill in the medium. In the final year, students collaborated to complete their culminating project – ten-minute plays rooted in their own experiences.



Center Theatre Group is pleased to share the outcomes of this 3-year pilot program.

Please check back in Fall 2015 for more information on how your middle school can be involved.


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The Middle School Playwriting Program also receives generous support from Diana Buckhantz & Vladimir & Araxia Buckhantz Foundation.

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Photos by Ryan Miller Capture Imaging