Photos by Jenny Kerrigan
by: Sarah Galante
Over the past few months, Philadelphia Young Playwrights has brought together professional artists, University of the Arts students, and Philadelphia high school students to collaborate on PYP’s exciting new change to their annual fundraiser that has previously taken place at World Cafe Live. Write On! will take place on May 11th in Philadelphia Young Playwrights new home on 1219 Vine St (the Asian Arts Initiative Building) and will be an interactive evening focusing on celebrating our new home. Guests will also be able to work alongside teen and college artists, social practice artists, and theater professionals from AAI (Asian Arts Initiative), MAP (Mural Arts Program), and PYP (Philadelphia Young Playwrights) toward a new and collaborative work art in progress, the 1219 Project.
Throughout this past spring semester, Glen Knapp and David Bradley have been teaching a special topics course at the University of the Arts called Approaches to Multi-Generational Theater Making. UArts students have been collaborating with professional artists and high school writers alike through a series of different guest artists, speakers, and out of class workshops. I had the opportunity to interview one of the students currently taking the course, a freshman playwriting major named Joshua Logan Walker, and I think he explains the magnitude and creative energy of the course perfectly.
Young Playwrights, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and Asian Arts Initiative officially launched a new collaboration last night at Young Playwrights’ new and future home at 1219 Vine Street.
The 1219 Project brings youth, social practice artists, theater professionals, and university students together to explore how art can transform place, create community, and create a culture of civic engagement through cross-generational, cross-organizational, cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Young Playwrights gratefully recognizes our Board of Directors, Producers’ Circle and investing partners on the 1219 Project: The Barra Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, CHG Trust, Howell Lockhart Sieple Trust.
The 1219 Project is produced in partnership with Asian Arts Initiative, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and the Ira Brind School of Theatre Arts at the University of the Arts.