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
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.
- View the 8-minute video created by Rosylyn Rhee, the filmmaker who documented the three-year journey of our students, teachers and teaching artists.
- Read the Final Evaluation Report written by Dr. Dana Powell Russell who served as the evaluator on this program.
- Enjoy the published Anthology of selected student plays as performed at the culminating event.
- New this year! One on One: Playwriting with a Purpose – Monologues for Kids Ages 7-15 includes nine student monologues from the first year of our program. Featured students include Briana Deahl, Ian Dimapasok, Ashley Hernandez, Alex Jovel, Mattie Motz, Annabel Renshaw, Sarah Roth, Nathan Sulkes and Josine Torres, with a special acknowledgement for Brenda Apreza, Gabriella Landay and Max Weisman.
Please check back in Fall 2014 for more information on how your middle school can be involved.
The Middle School Playwriting Program also receives generous support from Diana Buckhantz & Vladimir & Araxia Buckhantz Foundation.
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