Theater college students from 4 Peninsula excessive faculties realized to write down and develop one-act performs, with help from gifted instructing artists, by means of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s Younger Playwrights Venture.
Educating artists corresponding to actor/dancer Joanna Glum, Pear Theatre Creative Director Sinjin Jones and playwright/director Michael Keuter schooled college students from Aragon and Hillsdale excessive faculties in San Mateo, Burlingame Excessive Faculty and Gunn Excessive Faculty in Palo Alto within the difficulties and rewards of writing and producing a 10-minute play.
Many of the student-written productions have already been carried out by way of Zoom, however the Gunn Excessive Faculty play is scheduled to be proven on April 21.
Glum, who’s repeating her function as a instructing artist for a second yr, says the inventive course of is a protracted one for these college students.
“It begins out by working with theater college students and their trainer within the fall,” Glum says. “At Aragon, for instance, I labored with drama teacher Shane Smuin and his superior drama college students.”
Based on the TheatreWorks web site, college students are invited to “write their tales in their very own voices, no matter their theater experiences” earlier than they begin working with a instructing artist.
For a month earlier than they write their performs, they collectively work on constructing characters, dialogue, and scene and story construction. In the course of the course of, every pupil learns scriptwriting in addition to methods to obtain and provides crucial suggestions.
“We began in January and mainly divided the work in thirds,” Glum says. “The primary third was educational; the second, writing; and the ultimate third was the in-depth dramaturgy, ensuing within the eight one-act performs.
“We attempt to have a mix of one-acts which can be an inventive range of content material, curiosity and style corresponding to comedy, drama, slapstick, and tragedy,” she provides. “Candidly, the choice course of is rarely simple because of a humiliation of riches, which is a pleasant downside to have.”
For Aragon’s contribution, Glum was in a position to pull in playwright and director Jeffrey Lo, who lives in Campbell, and TheatreWorks’ resident stage supervisor Taylor Questen, who then introduced in administrators Tessa Corrie and Kieran Beccia.
The ultimate manufacturing was carried out by plenty of skilled actors together with Glum, Brian Herndon, Steven Ho, Brandon Leland, Amy Lizardo and Jomar Tagatac.
The Pear’s Jones is the instructing artist for Gunn Excessive Faculty’s April 21 staged studying of pupil performs. The younger playwrights whose works might be offered have but to be named.
Gunn’s presentation begins at 7 p.m. For extra info, go to www.theatreworks.org and click on on “Younger Playwrights Venture” beneath the “Training” tab.