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Wheelock Family Theatre Launches its Emerging Playwrights Program; Announces Student Playwrights and Staged Readings
Boston, Mass. – Wheelock Family Theatre (WFT) is proud to announce the launch of its new Emerging Playwrights Program (EPP). Seven rising sophomores and juniors from Boston’s public high schools have been accepted into the program: Alex Drumm, Jr. of Community Academy of Science and Health, Emily Jacob of Boston Arts Academy, Sarah Toussaint of English High School, Jacarrea Garraway of Boston Latin Academy, and Nate Krieger, Gus Viveiros, and Eden Bekele of Boston Latin School.
Led by WFT’s Producer and playwright Wendy Lement; staged readings of the plays will be presented at selected sites in Boston:
Emerging Playwrights Readings:
- The Mattahunt Community Center: Nov. 22 at 7:00 PM
- The Strand: Dec. 13 at 7:00 PM.
- Wheelock Family Theatre: December 15 @ 7:00 PM
These readings are free and open to the public! For additional information, please call 617-879-2300.
About the Emerging Playwrights Program
The Emerging Playwrights Program for Boston Public Schools (BPS) is a new Wheelock Family Theatre (WFT) initiative designed to inspire, motivate, and support BPS students who have an aptitude for writing and a specific interest in developing their playwriting skills. The EPP caters to students at all levels of writing ability: those with advanced writing skills, those just beginning, and everyone in between. We are involving youth who are interested in the arts and have a creative spark that can be further nurtured. The program is structured to develop students’ creative expression, analytical thinking, and literary skills while expressing an individual voice and view through writing. The Emerging Playwrights will attend workshops led by Boston’s leading playwrights and will also attend performances at professional theatres as part of the program. EPP Advisory Board Members include, John ADEkoje (Artistic Director, Boston Arts Academy); Carole Charnow, (President and CEO, Boston Children’s Museum); Robert Colby (Associate Professor, Emerson College); Christopher Cook (Director of Arts, Tourism and Culture, Mayor’s Office, Boston); Rashad Cope (Director, Mattahunt Community Center); Donna Glick (Director of Education, Huntington Theatre Company); Melodi Green (Manager, The Strand Theatre); Kirsten Greenidge (playwright); Susan Kosoff (co-founder, Wheelock Family Theatre); Myran Parker-Brass (Executive Director for the Arts, Boston Public Schools); M. Lynda Robinson (playwright); Candelaria Silva, (marketing consultant, Door2Door Arts); Kate Snodgrass (playwright & Artistic Director, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), Donna Sorbello, (actress & playwright); Meegan Turet (Fine Arts Chair, Academy of the Pacific Rim); and Susan Werbe (Executive Producer, Great War Dance Project).
Wheelock Family Theatre Education Programs
Director of Education: John Bay, 617-879-2252
EPP Information: Stephen Reinstein, 617-879-2300
Producer: Wendy Lement, 617-879-2289
2014 WHEEL Award
Wheelock Family Theatre established the WHEEL Award in 2002 to recognize individuals who share the Theatre’s commitment to children and families and the arts. Past recipients include Fred M. Rogers of the beloved television show Mister Roger’s Neighborhood; Eric Carle, the acclaimed creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and more than seventy picture books for very young children; and Peter Paul & Mary, the celebrated folk singing trio.
Save the Date, Saturday April 12, 2014.
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.