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.
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.
Alumni Profile: Genne Murphy
"Young Playwright For Life"
by Manna-Symone Middlebrooks
GENNE MURPHY was confident that she would become a professional writer even as a student at Central High School. However, what she hadn’t discovered yet was her voice as a playwright. Her first play, A Perfect Mother, was a winner in the 1999 Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival. Outside of the work she’d done in class with teaching artist Ed Shockley, this was Genne’s first experience with theatre. She fell in love with the collaborative nature of theatre and the multiple ways in which it communicates with audiences and other artists. That love for collaborative art aided her decision to study playwriting and theatre in college, at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
In 2005, after college, Genne came back to Philadelphia and worked her way up from Office Manager to General Program Manager at Young Playwrights. During her time on staff, Genne learned about the function of a nonprofit arts organization and how to facilitate the learning and discussions centered around student voices that are at the core of PYP. In this time, her relationship with Glen Knapp developed and he became her mentor; that lead to Genne briefly serving as a guest Executive Director in 2014. Since then Genne has continued to establish herself as an artist and nonprofit arts professional.
She has not only been accepted into Yale University’s M.F.A. playwriting program, but her play Giantess was selected as one of the pieces in the 2015 PlayPenn Conference. This highly selective conference invites only six playwrights each year to develop a piece through an in-depth series of workshops with a local director, dramaturge, designers, and actors.
After the excitement of seeing the reading of Giantess, the PYPAC caught up with Genne to talk about the PlayPenn process and how much she has grown since beginning with PYP in 1999.
The New Way to Dream
by Ming Jiang
It was a seven day long experience in LEAP, and it had become the best week of my life! I couldn't believe a-week-long program could be the turning point of my life! There were some points that I was never taught in school, but what I Learned from LEAP that changed my life were the following: goals, DISC, gratitude, and friendship.
How to gain your confidence and lead you to success? Set a goal, and achieve it! During LEAP, we were asked to write down our goals on a sheet of paper that we could carry and read everyday. The goal requirements were to be "SIMple" which stood for "be Specific", "be Important", and "be Measurable". For example, one of my goals was "I want to finish my summer internship in the School District by August 31th, 2015, and be able to continue it on September 10th, 2015." I never noticed how different is what between thinking my goals through in my mind and as oppose to actually write down the goals on the paper. The goals in mind is passive and illusory, making it easy to betray my mind. However, write the goals down is a more active action, and I can remind myself what my goals are and remain faithful to my promise! After setting goals, the next step was to find our passion and purpose: why do I want to achieve this goal? what can I do in order to achieve my goal? The last step was to make actions! There was a quote I heard from LEAP that impressed me most: "The secret to success is no secret! It's called worked your butt off and find a way to add more value to your and others' live!"