ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS SIX 10-MINUTE PLAYS WRITTEN BY LOCAL TEENS IN YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL 2019
On Saturday the final phase of our YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS’ FESTIVAL will feature professional actors in staged readings of six 10-minute plays written by high school playwrights and inspired by the theme: A More Perfect Union.
The Festival of readings will take place on Saturday May 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the New Vic 33 West Victoria Street and feature works by Gabriella Crisa (San Marcos High School), Beau Glazier (Laguna Blanca), Morgan Johnson (Santa Barbara High School), Amanda Lennon (SBCC), Rachel Rose (San Marcos High School) and Grace Wenzel (Santa Barbara High School).
Tickets are free. Seating is general admission and reservations are encouraged.
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About the Playwrights
GABRIELLA CRISA is a Freshman at San Marcos High School and has always been interested in theater, films, and performing. Since 7th grade she has been taking performing arts and musical theatre classes at school. With the practice and knowledge her theatre teacher Mrs. Saleh has taught her over the years, performing and speaking out in front of crowds no longer faze her and it’s where she feels confident. Her love for writing has been around for as long as she can remember but the Young Playwrights Festival is the first experience she’s had with playwriting. Also, not only does she enjoy expressing her thoughts through words, she is also very passionate about art and drawing. Being creative is definitely something she can’t live without, so, she hopes to explore that field for career options such as directing, playwriting, or graphic design.
BEAU GLAZIER is a Junior at Laguna Blanca School and loves creative writing, musical theatre, visual arts, nature, and goats. Her passion for all things theatre was sparked during her sophomore year as an assistant costume designer for Laguna Blanca's fall drama production of Rumours. Now, she immerses herself in both the production side of theatre (costume design and set design) and in the spotlight. She has participated in three productions now including Laguna Blanca's Grease as Sandy, The Games Afoot as Martha, and her most recent endeavor, Once Upon a Mattress as Princess Winnifred. She continues to combine her passions for theatre, creative writing, visual arts, and even her love for Earth's furry creatures.
MORGAN P JOHNSON is a junior at Santa Barbara High School’s Visual Art and Design Academy, and an alumnus of ETC’s acting classes and summer conservatory. At last year’s Young Playwrights Festival, Morgan participated as an actor. Now he’s excited to be participating as a writer weaving his words into a beautiful scarf, because it was originally going to be a coat, but then he ran out of yarn and decided to just say it was a scarf the whole time. Morgan hopes to study Theatre and English in college. Though bountiful in many splendorous ways much like the academy awards record of Glenn Close he has a space trophy cabinet. With his work at school he has been exploring visual mediums with the VADA program where his pieces have been displayed a number of times at venues such as the Youth Interactive building as well as the community arts workshop (CAW).
AMANDA LENNON is a College Freshman at Santa Barbara City College. She is currently enrolled as double majoring in Biology and Criminology. In 2017, she wrote a musical called “Beauty or the Beast” which had one song performed demoed at the 2017 Creative Studies Showcase at Dos Pueblos High School and in 2018, she wrote a one act called Circus of Mirrors in her playwriting class which participated in the 2018 Young Playwrights Festival. Recently she has been working on several independent writing projects along with her current school work including working on a trilogy of screenplays. This summer she plans to revise some older writing projects as well as continue with her current writing projects while also taking summer courses towards her majors. Amanda had previously studied dance for 12 years and participated in band for six years including four years with her high school marching and concert band where she learned and played six instruments. She plans to continue to write while working towards her degrees in Criminology and Biology and hopes to volunteer with working with cold case files and potentially taking a screenwriting class since she has already completed her college English requirements.
RACHEL ROSE is a junior at San Marcos High School and is excited to write a play for Young Playwright’s Festival. Her previous writing experience was serving as co-writer on a spoof of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. On stage, Rachel appeared as Wallace Carris in Equal Opportunity Employer, and as Celia in The Most Massive Woman Wins. She also appeared as a dancer in the Musical Theatre Dance Showcase.
GRACE WENZEL is a senior at Santa Barbara High School and has been involved in theatre since elementary school. She as performed in shows at Stage Left Productions and Spotlight Productions and an active member in the SBHS theatre program where she appeared in Bullets Over Broadway(Spring 2017), In the Heights(Fall 2018), and Matilda(Spring 2019). Outside of theatre, Grace has been studying piano for 13 years and is in the Visual Arts and Design Academy at SBHS, with a concentration focusing on drawing. In the fall, Grace will be attending Lewis & Clark College in Portland. She has not decided on a major, but will likely be focusing on music, theatre arts, and visual arts. This program has been Grace's first and most detailed experience with playwriting, and she hopes to continue it in the future.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
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 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.
The program, broken up into three phases, begins with a weekly course focusing the fundamentals of playwriting under the direction of Michael Bernard. At the completion of phase one, each playwright will have completed their first draft of a 10-minute play based on a pre-established theme. In the second phase of the program the student will refine his/her play under the tutelage of a professional playwright through a series of four private one-on-one sessions, ending with a final draft ready for the next phase of the program. In the third and final phase, the young playwright is paired with a team of local professional directors and actors who rehearse the play in preparation for a public staged reading on the ETC stage at the New Vic.
About the Instructor
Michael Bernard spent 10 years as the Associate Artistic Director of The 52nd Street Project, a nationally recognized theater company that creates original theater with kids from Hell’s Kitchen New York City and theater professionals. At the Project he taught playwriting and mentored hundreds of kids plays from ideas to production. He also taught playwriting in over 50 New York City High Schools as an Artist in Residence for the Manhattan Theater Club. As a writer Michael wrote the script for "Baseball Swing" at the Annenberg Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills and his play "A-Li-En The Family" was featured in the 2014 LA SCI-FEST. He was also chosen to adapt two stories by Neil Gaiman for original productions in LA. In addition to a variety of television commercials Michael has also written for Disney, Nickelodeon, Henson Productions, Nick at Nite, DC Comics, Showtime, Spike TV, The Sundance Channel, Noggin, WE, MTV and VH1. He currently teaches theater at UCSB and SBCC.
The program will accept 20 students ages 13-24 from Santa Barbara County. There is no previous experience necessary. Acceptance is based on the student’s application, teacher references and work samples. The group will be narrowed down to 12 students for the final two phases of the program (the one-on-one mentorship with a professional playwright and the production/performance phase). The 12 finalists will be selected by a committee and based on the quality of their 10-minute play. Deadline to apply has been extended to January 12, 2019.
- Tuition is $500 for Phase 1 (students selected to continue in the 2nd and 3rd phase of the program will do so at no additional cost)
- Scholarships are available. (see below)
- Thanks to the support of our sponsors this program is FREE to Santa Barbara Unified School District students.
|January–March||Phase 1: Fundamentals of Playwriting|
|April||Phase 2: One-on-One Sessions with professional playwrights|
|May||Phase 3: Casting and Rehearsals with theatre professionals|
|May 25-26||Public Staged-Readings|
"A More Perfect Union”
Although the phrase “a more perfect union” is best associated with its place in the preamble to the United States Constitution its use as a theme for our purposes can be expanded to include personal relationships, family unions, workers unions, balance, unity, etc. We encourage our writers to think outside the box and use this theme of “a more perfect union” as inspiration.
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