Playmaking: Changing Kid’s Lives
Passage’s play writing courses pair students with professional theatre artists to create theatre.
Based on the program created by Willie Reale and Daniel Judah Sklar for New York’s 52nd Street Project, the Playmaking program pairs youth with adult, theatre professionals for the creation and performance of some unique one-act plays. The kids write ‘em, the adults act ‘em.
The program has proven adaptable to a range of age groups: starting as young as 8 years old and, with appropriate modifications, to teens and young adults.
Passage artists work with the kids for 8 weeks (see video: Creative Dramatics), culminating in a weekend “writers retreat” at Princeton University. After writing their own plays, each child is given a professional cast and director. The finished plays enjoy three performances at The Passage Theatre’s Mill Hill Playhouse stage in Trenton, NJ.