BY: SHAVON NORRIS
PHILADELPHIA YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS
2016 THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT
On May 28th and June 4th I had the pleasure of facilitating workshops for Philadelphia Young Playwrights. As an educator and an artist, I share the everyday and the extraordinary aspects of moving and movement. I was asked to help the participants in this project explore the ways movement and moving could deepen the development of their characters and plays. After talking with Janine Merolla about the project and the participants needs, I proposed a workshop lesson that would explore the body as resource to story and character and environment. The project participants would investigate time, shape, size, space and relationship, to create and establish meaning.
As a movement educator, I have taught a wide range of bodies and movement capabilities. Using the body as a source of information and creative expression delights some and scares most. The butterfly project participants were collectively willing to be bold and lean into their discomfort to explore something new. The participants collectively inspired me with their willingness to see themselves, each other and their characters in new ways.
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!