Young Playwrights Project

Outreach |January 15, 2016

Vermont Young Playwrights On Stage

Each winter, a Weston Playhouse teaching artist guides high school students in writing their own, original one-act plays. Students learn about the elements and structure of plays and receive a constructive analysis of their work in a supportive group environment. They explore new ideas for writing and creating for the stage and hone their communication skills. Four area high schools — Arlington, Rutland, Springfield, and Woodstock — participated in the program this year, led by teaching artist and playwright Elizabeth Irwin (Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics, and Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Play for My Mañana Comes.)

We are thrilled to announce the chosen plays from our 2016 Young Playwrights Project! On Wednesday May 11th from 7 to 9pm at the Weston Playhouse, the six final plays will be presented on the MainStage under professional direction. Could the next Arthur Miller or Annie Baker be in the room?

Come hear the next generation of playwrights! The event is free and open to all.

2016 Finalists for the Young Playwrights Project:

Love as Real as Bigfoot by Katie Berger, Arlington
The Contest by Rowie Budde, Arlington
Let’s Play a Game Show by Andy Freeman, Springfield
In Dreams by Emma Gonzales, Rutland
On Your Deathday by Anna Hepler, Woodstock
Cupid is Between the Lines by Julia Kowalski, Woodstock

Thank you to all of our participating young playwrights and to their dedicated teachers for supporting this unique opportunity in their schools. The Vermont Young Playwrights Program is produced in association with The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and Vermont Stage Company, and with generous support from The Creative Connections Fund at The Vermont Community Foundation.

Weston Young Playwrights Festival 2016

Tags: Arts Education, Vermont Young Playwrights Program, Weston Playhouse


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