Responsibility to the story is the thing. And the development of story-tellers for the future of the American Theater may be one of the most valuable educational programs that the Ensemble Theater Company can offer the Santa Barbara community. ETC’s YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS’ FESTIVAL is a 5-month-long program beginnnig in mid-January that gives young writers a safe and nurturing forum from which to create a 10-minute play which is subsequently produced and staged with professional directors and actors for public audiences. There is no cost to apply or participate.
Students who complete the Young Playwright Festival program will receive multiple and varied opportunities to develop their creativity and gain artistic skills. Phase One includes 30 intensive instruction hours in an intimate classroom setting focusing on the study of playwriting techniques, a brief history of American theater and lively forum of discuss and critique of student work. At the completion of this first phase students will have completed a draft of a 10-minute play. Phase Two provides one-on-one guidance from a professional playwright to help students engage in the revision process. Phase Three give students the opportunity to participate in a live casting session with professional actors, and engage in a creative collaboration with an experienced theater director and actors to produce a live staged reading in front of an audience, as well as participate in an on-stage talk-back session with audience members.
Throughout the YPF program, students will:
- Learn the basic principles of dramatic composition for live stage performance
- Execute a range of assigned playwriting exercises considered essential to drama
- Write reflectively from a designated theme
- Compose original scenes and 10-minute plays
- Develop knowledge of dramatic literature and theory and discuss sample plays by experienced writers
- Create characters through dialogue, action and objectives
- Understand the concepts of Exposition, Rhythm, and Dramatic Tension
- Research, gather, and synthesize information from a variety of sources and present it in a structured, coherent manner, both in writing and orally
- Learn how to effectively communicate creative ideas
- Develop the ability to critique and analyze a variety of peer-generated writing, and the ability to receive and synthesize critiques of their own writing from peers and faculty
- Develop collaborative skills with peers and other theater artists
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- All applications must be received by December 22, 2019.
- Applicants must be ages 13-19 and a Santa Barbara County resident.
- YPF will accept up to 20 students for this program.
- Applicants will be notified by December 29, 2019.
This program is sponsored in part by