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Playwrights Project

TheatreWorks Young Playwright Project at Palo Alto and Gunn High Schools

Palo Alto High School April 20, 2011
Gunn High School April 21, 2011

Both performances are at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts SecondStage, 7:00pm, This event is free and seating is limited.

Join us for this unique festival of fresh inspiring talent!

I now possess a passion which I intend to follow.

—Palo Alto Student

This innovative program for high school students reflects TheatreWorks’ long-time commitment to cultivating the next generation of American playwrights. The Palo Alto community has been deeply affected by this project which has launched the careers of many young theatre artists into the national arena.

Many students from Palo Alto school district have participated in this project since it’s inception in 1999. In this project, TheatreWorks places accomplished playwrights (who are also gifted teachers and strong role models) “in residence” at Bay Area high schools where they lead advanced drama students through a month of writing workshops and exercises on dramatic
form and expression. These workshops include how to write dialogue, conflict, characterization, scene construction, and plotting. By the end of the month, every student has crafted an original one-act play. Added to these wonderfully creative skills is a better appreciation of an art form as well as confidence in their ability to write and express themselves through words, skills that
will serve them their entire lives. It is truly a 21st century skills-based program.

Plays from each class are selected for further development under the mentor-ship of the playwright-in-residence. The culmination of the program is a one-day event at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts. In the morning, the young playwrights work with professional actors and directors to bring their scripts to life onstage. That evening, staged readings of each play are presented to an audience of the playwrights’ friends, families, and peers.

Past playwrights-in-residence for the Young Playwright’s Project have included nationally known playwrights; Robert Alexander, Jake Arky, Marcus Gardley, Prince Gomolvilas, Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Palo Alto native, Dan Moyer.