A party in Young Playwrights new Home at 1219 Vine Street, 3rd Fl - this is also a great opportunity to visit our new offices (if you haven't stopped by in the last year), and to meet our new Executive Director Lisa Nelson-Haynes.
We hope you'll stop by and celebrate our Adele Magner Memorial Award Winning and Nominated teams, and all of the teachers, teaching artists, actors, and students that make Philadelphia Young Playwrights a success each year in classrooms across the city and region.
Adam Goldberg talks to the Jewish Exponent about the success of "The Goldbergs".
Can you find his shout out to Young Playwrights?
Young Playwrights Alumna Caitlin Cieri recently produced a radio play! Caitlin recently received her MA in Playwriting from the University of Essex.
She talks a little bit below about working in this art form. Be sure to check out her play "When the Breeze Blows Between the Two Hills" and more on her website.
By: Caitlin Cieri
I wrote "When the Breeze Blows Between the Two Hills" as a birthday present for mom. It has everything she loves: kids, fairies, nature, and fart jokes.
I just recently read an article about podcasts saying fictional podcasts were so hard to find because nobody wants to spend all their time searching for and rehearsing with actors. But I have studied radio drama, and it actually takes less time than working on stage or for television. I was lucky enough to be friends with Julisa Basak (Duckie the Fairy), who's been doing voice acting for years, and my mom has a great voice for narrating fairy tales; she had a lot of practice teaching at the West Hill School. I found Rebecca Stern (Rose), on Theatre Philadelphia's website, she recorded her lines in one night and sent them to me, and I was able to splice them in just fine. As for the sound effects, I mostly take them from freesound.org (God bless the Creative Commons 0 License) but I did need to get creative for the scene with the wolves. I couldn't find sounds of wolves eating so I had to use dogs.
Studio Players' 10-Minute Play Festival
Studio Players, Kentucky’s Oldest Community-Involved Theater, located in Lexington, is proud to announce their 3rd Annual 10-Minute Play Festival, to be performed in July 2016. We are looking for 7 strong, entertaining plays to feature so, once again, we are holding a competition. This competition is for 10-minute plays only; it is open to any playwright. The judges will be members of the Studio Players theater community: board members, directors and patrons. The rules are simple and are as follows:
1. Any playwright may enter; only one script per playwright.
2. The play must be a 10 minute play (meaning it will be approximately 10 pages long).
3. All plays should be emailed, with a separate cover page, with: play's title, author's name, email address, mailing address and phone number. The play itself should only have the title; no identifying information contained in or on the 10 page script.
4. To be considered, each script must be received by April 30th.
5. The contest is open to the first 150 entries received.
6. Winning entrants agree to a full production of their scripts.
That's it! The top 7 scripts (as determined by the judges) will be performed by active members of the Bluegrass theater community. Each play will be a fully realized, staged production; each performance showing all winning scripts. The 7 Selected playwrights will each receive $200 in prize money.
All entries should be sent to: email@example.com with "10-min play fest" as the subject line.
YP Alumna and former Youth Council member Natalie Torpey was honored at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her recent performance in Clybourne Park at Albright College!
Check out the full article on Albright Colleges' website.
Check out the Honorable Mention winners of the 2016 Young Voices Monologue Festival!
Three great videos of monologues selected from the 18 Winning 2016 Young Voices Monologue Festival.
Photos and some great press for the 2016 Young Voices Monologue Festival!
March 10-19, 2016
Louis Bluver Theater at The Drake
"Young Voices Not Naive Ones" - South Philly Review
"The Drake's First Monologue Festival" - Broad Street Review
Photos by: Paola Nougeras
Check back here for updates each day until every monologue from the 2016 festival has been featured!
New leader brings hands-on experience with arts education and nonprofit management
PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia Young Playwrights (PYP) announced today that Lisa Nelson-Haynes, an experienced nonprofit leader and arts administrator as the Associate Director at the Painted Bride Art Center, will serve as the organization’s Executive Director, beginning April 5, 2016. Nelson-Haynes takes the reins of an organization that uses playwriting to teach literacy and leadership skills to some 2,000 students in more than 65 classrooms in the Philadelphia region.
“After a careful search,” said Jim Geier, President of PYP’s Board of Directors, “the Board believes Lisa has all the tools required to lead PYP in the next phase of our growth, including her most important characteristic: a passion for the mission of unleashing the potential of young people through playwriting.”
Having spent 15 years at the Painted Bride Art Center, Nelson-Haynes brings to PYP a deep knowledge of the Philadelphia arts-education community, coupled with hands-on experience with nonprofit management and educational programming. In her role there as associate director, Nelson-Haynes ran the Center’s educational outreach and residency programs, marketing and communications departments and managed contractual relationships with artists. Most recently, she has worked with the Bride’s executive director Laurel Raczka and University of the Arts dance director Donna Faye Burchfield to shepherd the ambitious project, Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia -- an 18-month initiative to expand the archive of the city’s cultural memory through multiple histories that “re-place” established narratives with new perspectives. She is also a nationally recognized expert in digital storytelling through her work as a facilitator with Storycenter, which uses the art of first-person narrative as a tool for education, advocacy and community-building.
Nelson-Haynes is a graduate of Hampton University and a candidate for a M.F.A. in film-making at Temple University. A self-described child of the arts scene in Philadelphia, she and her family currently live in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. One of her two children is a participant in a PYP playwriting program at Independence Charter School.
“Philadelphia Young Playwrights has earned an outstanding reputation throughout the region for its unique and effective approach to fostering learning for students of all ages and backgrounds,” said Nelson-Haynes. “I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to lead an organization that has been such a vital force in the lives of Philadelphia’s young people for more than 25 years. I look forward to working with PYP’s talented staff and incredible network of teachers, teaching artists, theater partners and supporters to drive the next era of growth and ensure this great organization will continue to tap the potential of youth for years to come.”
Nelson-Haynes succeeds Glen Knapp, who left PYP in December after 15 years to pursue new career opportunities in education and the foundation world.
About Philadelphia Young Playwrights
Founded in 1987, Philadelphia Young Playwrights is an award-winning program that taps the potential of youth and inspires learning through playwriting in more than 65 public and private K-12 classrooms each year. A leader in arts education in the Philadelphia region, Young Playwrights believes that all students have something important to say and nurtures student voices through in-classroom playwriting workshops, an annual playwriting festival, public presentations at schools, and professional productions at local theaters. Since its founding, Young Playwrights has served nearly 60,000 students and their teachers and partnered with approximately 60 professional playwrights and numerous Philadelphia’s professional theater companies. Young Playwrights alumni span many sectors and industries; among its alumni are novelist Elise Juska, Chair of Creating Writing at University of the Arts; Adam Goldberg, Executive Producer of ABC’s The Goldbergs and Chairman of Young Playwrights’ Alumni Council; and Quiara Alegría Hudes, Tony-nominee, 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Winner and Young Playwrights board member.
Contact: Carrie Gorn, Publicist
Check out some great photos from the Pearl street block party! Young Playwrights, in partnership with a wide range of artists and community celebrated Chinatown North's rich cultural diversity and artistic community.
Photos by Jennifer Kerrigan
Philadelphia Theatre Company
Thursday, February 4th
Post show we are hosting a community shout-out session about the perseverance and pride of Philadelphia teachers, students and teaching artists.
Young Playwrights Teacher and Board Member Lori Odum has had a playwriting program at Meade Elementary for almost 10 years. She was featured in a great article today in The Philadelphia Tribune!
One student interviewed in the article, Qamar Hunt said
"...I also like the playwrights program, because we able to write our own plays from scratch.”
Check out the full article
This week, current Paula Vogel Mentors Project fellow Helen Everbach is working with UArts student and PYP intern Shira Berger, to stage Helen's play Better Than Abnormal.
They are also using this experience to create a How-To Guide for future students interested in mounting a production of their work.
Read below as Helen talks about her process, her play's characters, and the underlying activism in her writing.
About the Play
Better Than Abnormal is a slice of life comedy about 32 year old Dani- messy, awkward, and the 'token straight friend' of her progressive predominantly queer friend group- and the people in her life. Her recently heartbroken brother is dangerously depressed, her best friend is often busy spending time with her crossdressing boyfriend, and Dani's lawyer colleges seem to be sexist and sleazy. Then she meets Allan- clever, musically talented, Scottish, but also kind of conservative. In a show that explores such themes as gender, sexuality, political differences, and normalcy, it begs the question: can we get past our differences, even when they divide us?
BY: Helen Everbach
Shira and I first worked together two years ago when she helped me develop my first play, “The Mundane Life of Joe Schwartz”, which I had written for a class at the end of eighth grade. The process of working with her was very important for me. She is a kind and talented director and I was (and am) so lucky to have had the chance to work with her. So when she contacted me about this opportunity to have “Better Than Abnormal” performed, I was overjoyed.
The National Constitution Center is proud to announce the return of the Founding Freedoms Essay and Playwriting Contests, designed to increase awareness of the rights set forth in the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights and to engage students to think creatively about our nation's history, the Constitution, and protecting individual freedoms.
Students in 6th, 8th, and 12th grades are encouraged to participate by submitting an essay that responds to a grade-specific prompt. Twelfth grade students also have the option of writing a play that, if chosen as the winning submission, will be performed at the Center by professional actors.
Submissions DUE: February 19, 2016, at 11:59pm
Playwriting Contest Prizes
12th Grade Playwriting Contest Winner
• First Place: $2,500 to the student(s) and $250 to the teacher. Travel and accommodations to student(s), teacher, and parent/guardian to the June 2016 awards ceremony and the July 2016 opening performance.
• Second Place: $1000 to the student.
Essay Contest Prizes
12th Grade Essay Contest Winner
• First Place: $2,500 to the student and $250 to the teacher. Travel and accommodations to student, teacher, and parent/guardian to the June 2016 awards ceremony.
• Second Place: $1,000 to the student.
8th Grade Essay Contest Winner
• First Place: $1,000 to the student and $250 to the teacher. Travel and accommodations to student, teacher, and parent/guardian to the June 2016 awards ceremony.
• Second Place: $500 to the student.
6th Grade Essay Contest Winner
• First Place: $500 to the student and $100 to the teacher. Travel and accommodations to student, teacher, and parent/guardian to the June 2016 awards ceremony.
• Second Place: $100 to the student.