Thank you to my clients
July 30, 2017
BENEFITING: Philadelphia Young Playwrights
ORGANIZER: Philadelphia Young Playwrights
When I was 16 I was a writer. I had thousands of stories to tell. And never shared them. Until PYP.
I walked around high school with my mouth shut.I sat alone, timid and silent, at lunch.I thought no one wanted to hear my voice. That it had no value.
Then a lady named Adele Magner from the Philadelphia Young Playwright’s Festival came to our school.
She told us she was holding a playwriting contest and would give us workshops to teach us all about playwriting.
Winners would have their plays performed on stage at the University theater.
Suddenly I could not wait to go to school.I wrote for weeks.A storm took place and blew my computer (an old Apple Macintosh) the night before submissions were due.It erased everything.
I stayed up all night and re-wrote it. Made it better.
Submitted on time.
My play was performed at Temple University, then again at one of Philadelphia’s most beloved theaters, the Arden Theater of the Walnut Street Theater..
I got in the papers.
I eventually got a scholarship to one of the best – and most expensive – writer’s colleges in the US.Sarah Lawrence College. Where I discovered Joseph Campbell and the Hero’s Journey, that my work is so inspired by.
PYPF changed my life. It taught me to value my voice.
And for over 25 years it has been doing the same for children in Philadelphia.
A city that is home to many marginalised and underprivileged children who whould be speaking their value into the world -- and having it heard.
With PYP, their voices finally get tplaced center stage.
They are suddenly inspired to speak out their dreams and visions.
Create their future.
Through the gift of their voices.
I intend to give back to PYP for changing my life.
From Philadelphia Young Playwrights:
Driven by our core belief that every young person has an important voice that is worth hearing, our programs support the advancement of critical academic and literacy skills, cultivate critical workforce development skills, and maximize students’ capacity to engage in and direct their own learning through creative writing, collaborative revision, and exposure to professional theater.
This summer, Young Playwrights is launching a fundraising campaign to support the process of reading and responding to 720 play submissions received from the students in our classrooms. Each play will be read and each student will receive a thoughtful, personalized one-page response to their work. The feedback is extensive and intentional, including suggestions for revision and prompts that encourage students to continue to developing their play. For students, the feedback affirms both their ideas and their effort and shows them that they can be taken seriously as artists and as individuals with unique and important perspectives.
We want to raise $7,200 to fund this work, in recognition of the efforts of the community that makes it happen: the students (and their teachers) and the readers who commit themselves to an exchange of ideas year after year.