We believe that a student’s world serves as the basis for our playwriting workshops. We are excited to help them draw out their stories by engaging them in readings and writing exercises. We have found that as students develop and apply their voices in writing for the stage, they are better equipped to draw enriching parallels between their personal lives, understand each others perspectives and make valuable connections in their communities.
The Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) currently offers in-school workshops, a new integrated festival-based residency program, and will pilot weekend revising intensive in the spring of 2015. The new Young Playwrights Festival Residency Program – standards-based residences – are facilitated by professional Playwriting Instructors, who partner with teachers to bring high-level creative writing and playwriting workshops into the classroom. Curricula can often be enhanced in partnership with classroom teachers, and is designed to help students bring their own personal narratives into dialogue with the issues and themes already being studied in the classroom.
The Young Playwrights Festival includes:
- One-Time Introductory Workshop (The Tour)
- Eleven Sessions of Classroom Instruction (approximately 12 hours per residency)
- Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers
- Field Trip Opportunities to YPF Matinees Productions
- Annual Playwriting Competition
- One Off-Campus Weekend Immersion Workshop