The Wheelock Family Theatre holds a variety of special events throughout the year—celebrating key holidays, important milestones and influential people. Check back often as we add new events, including those for our current season.
The Emerging Playwrights Program Staged Readings
New Plays Sunday, December 13 at 7:00pm
Free and Open to the Public
WFT’s high-quality theatre not only entertains young people but also challenges students to examine themselves, their relationships with others, and the world in which they live. WFT’s Emerging Playwrights Program is a dynamic and exciting drama curriculum that develops playwriting skills, encourages dialogue, and promotes collaboration.
From writing to production; each young playwright has written a 10 minute play that is then handed over to an accomplished director. Working with actors, the EPP students learn to watch and work alongside professionals as they bring their words to life on the stage. The 2015 EP program is directed by Donna Sorbello and Stephen Reinstein.
Please, by Ashley Johnson, directed by Adam Sanders.
Death of a Playwright, by Maxwell Wheeler, directed by Danny Bolton.
Under the Bed, by Joseph Rowland, directed by Charles Linshaw.
How to Pimp a Butterfly, by Alex Drumm, Jr., directed by Marc Miller
Lil and Skie, by Neva Ventullo, directed by Victoria Townsend.
Untitled, by Cyle Hairston, directed by Chris Olmsted
2016 WHEEL Award
The 2016 WHEEL Award on Saturday April 30, 2016 will honor author Willie Reale. Willie Reale is the founder of the 52nd Street Project (1981), received the Presidents Coming Up Taller Award (1983), and a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (1994). Mr. Reale is the author of several plays including the musicals Johnny Baseball and A Year with Frog and Toad. He has received 3 Emmy Awards and been nominated for 2 Tony Awards, an Academy Award, and 3 Writer’s Guild Awards.
Willie Reale is an educator who originated a fusion of theater, education, and social work in the Hell’s Kitchen area of New York City. Founded in 1981, the 52nd St. Project continues to bring youth together with professional actors and playwrights to create plays. The Project is about making children, through theatre and performance and voice, proud of themselves. The Project is an independent not-for-profit organization that creates over eighty new plays and serves over 150 children every year.
WFT established the WHEEL Award in 2002 to recognize individuals who share the Theatre’s commitment to children and families and whose work embodies the Theatre’s belief that the arts can transform lives.
Thank you so much, for yet another wonderful performance. And also for so much more than that. It's hard to express from a parent's perspective how much my son has grown these last few years. His life in the theatre - particularly, somehow, these two musical weeks you put on every summer - have given him strength and purpose and poise. We are so very grateful.