Teens & Adults

Arts Labs for Teens / Playwriter's Dreamshop

WHEN
Jul 30 – Aug 3
9 AM – 12:30 PM

WHERE
Benenson Visitors Center
COST

$200.00

AGES
13+

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Teens will learn essential playwriting skills including creating characters, writing dialogue, crafting monologues, and learning about conflict and resolution. Through group and individual writing activities, as well as some improvisation and acting, young playwrights will develop and share their scripts. Students will also learn about the masters as they dissect famous plays, old and new. This indoor/outdoor program will include time in The Fields, where students will look to nature and contemporary sculptures as inspiration for their own writing. By the end of the week, students will have a collection of several short plays of different styles.

Emilia Teasdale is a New York State certified teacher who taught theater in New York City for several years. She has a BA in theater from Union Collage, a MA in Arts and Humanities Education from NYU, and trained at Young Playwrights, Inc. in New York City. Since moving to Columbia County a decade ago, Emilia has taught several playwriting programs for young people through PS21. She also ran the Drama Club at Chatham’s Mary E. Dardess Elementary School, teaches a summer playwriting program at Chatham Kids’ Club, and taught the Playwriters’ Dreamshop at Art Omi in 2017.

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