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.
Gives youth - age 8 to 22 - the experience of writing a play and achieving a goal working with others. The playwright (center) takes a bow with his actors.
Children work closely with adult mentors throughout the process in a one-on-one setting.
Classes and Retreat
Students participate in a series of classes; then work through a weekend retreat to create their play.
Public Performances by Pros
Professional teaching artists and actors perform the student written plays on Passage's stage to a public audience.
Pros allow the kids' plays to "come alive."
The Playwright is On Stage Too
The playwright sits on stage left, visible to the audience. Part of our joy is watching the playwright reacting to seeing her work realized on stage for the very first time. Then there's the notes session afterward...
Taking a Bow
The kids who wrote the plays take a bow at the end of the performance.