PYP alum, Sara Prendergast (CAPA/11th Grade), has received a 2014 National YoungArts Foundation Award in the category of Writing (Play or Script for Film or Video) for her play, Depilatory, which was first produced by Young Playwrights as part of our 2013 New Voices Workshop Productions in collaboration with Temple University.
“From approximately 11,000 applications received, YoungArts has awarded 687 young artists across 46 states. These talented young artists are some of the nation’s best in the Literary, Performing, Visual and Design Arts.” Sara won a Merit-level award which means she receives a Certificate of Achievement, a Recommendation letter for college, and an engraved award for her high school to display.
You can see Sara’s name in the list of winners for Pennsylvania on this page. Only 3 of the Pennsylvania winners were from Philadelphia, and Sara is one of them: http://www.youngarts.org/sites/default/files/2014_YAW%20Winners_by%20state.pdf
By: PVMP Fellow Emma O.
Last weekend I went on a mini road trip to meet with my mentor, Marcus Gardley, and see two of his plays. My dad and I drove to Brooklyn on Friday and I had dinner with Marcus. We talked about my play and playwriting in general. He gave me the best piece of writing advice I have received so far in my life. He told me that instead of adding more and more different ideas to my play to make it complicated and give it depth, I should keep telling the same story over and over and it will get deeper. It was exactly what I needed to hear and was extremely helpful in looking at the play I’m working on now, which had way too much going on masking the point I was trying to make. Meeting with Marcus was instrumental in my editing process and I’m so grateful for having had the opportunity to talk to him at this point in my revisions.