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By: Steve Gravelle, Resident Teaching Artist
A Reflection on Summer Playwriting Camp in Radnor
During the deep, cold winter of 2015, I got an email from Mindy and Jay asking if I had any interest in working on a four-week summer camp in Radnor. Not knowing anything specific about the program (just where is Radnor, anyway?), I enthusiastically signed on to be involved. This email of interest led to me writing a sample curriculum for a camp, and this helped PYP to win the contract from Radnor township to create, design and run this summer camp. And it was made plain that I would be the one creating, designing and running it. And I suddenly realized what a lot of work I had signed on to do.
By: Charmira Nelson Pilgrim
Alumni Council Member
Former Youth Council Member
LEAP program 2016 was really a life changing experience. I got to connect with people from all over the world, and they all were wise, mature and diligent just like me. I was able to relate to so many of my peers, and so grateful for connecting and networking with them. The program taught me valuable skills on how to “nail a job,” to how to be successful in my career choice. I have so much information for this program that`s really given me the potential to be a top candidate in whatever career field I decide to focus on in my life. Words really can`t explain all of the energy, motivation and successful people I met through this conference. I was fortunate to participate in the talent show, doing a poem and placed second. I am so happy and blessed that I was recognized as a “10” and an “Eagle” for a week and the rest of my life. Thank you Philly Young Playwrights for offering me this scholarship. This summer turned out to be the best summer of my life. Now watch me fly into GREATNESS!
Young artists, entrepreneurs, and activists are coming together in one of the only spaces where young people who care about the political state of our nation to create ACTION plans on how to make social change at the Democratic National Convention. Youth from all over Philadelphia as well as their adult allies will discuss these issues with national/ local figures and legislatures :
Philadelphia Young Playwrights is thrilled to be presenting monologues at each of the Assemblies. Stop by one or all!
@ Asian Arts - 1219 Vine Street
Hosted by: Urban Creators
Young Playwrights Young Professionals council hosted a Happy Hour at the PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park on July 14th. It was a wonderful evening filled with great people! Were you there? Find yourself in the photos!
Stay tuned, similar events are planned for later this summer. We'll let you know when more details are available!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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