We are so proud of the 7th grade class of students who have all worked with a professional playwright via the ACT Theatre’s Young Playwrights Program (YPP) to create original plays over the past several weeks. On December 8th, all of the schools participating in the program were invited to come to a night of celebration where they announced plays that had been chosen to be read or produced by local theatre groups. It was very exciting to have three Explorer West student plays chosen:
- Captured by Karen Casillas-Tapia will be an ACT Theatre 2015 YPP Festival play.
- The Tree Huggers by Siri Greene will be having a reading at Live Girls.
- What They Always Needed by June Oto will be having a reading at 12th Night Productions.
Three other students were recognized with “honorable mentions” for their plays – one of which was read by live actors at the event. Many of the 7th grade students and their families attended along with our drama teacher, David Kelly, and Head of School, Evan Hundley.
More info about The Young Playwrights Program:
The Young Playwrights Program (YPP), ACT’s flagship education program, sends professional playwright teaching artists into area schools for 10 weeks to teach the basics of playwriting to Puget Sound-area students. ACT’s YPP equips participants with tools for creative self-expression, endowing them with self-confidence and the sense that their ideas—about themselves, their world, and the challenges they face—matter, and their voices will be heard.