Monday, November 9, 2009

Youth Troupe at Playwrights Theatre

Back by popular demand, Playwrights Theatre's Youth Troupe will return to our class offerings this year!

Youth Troupe (for students in grades 6-8) is a long-term production and performance project for students with a strong interest in creating theatre. During Troupe sessions, students will work collaboratively, under the direction of Jim DeVivo, Playwrights Theatre's Director of Education, to conceive, write and present an original performance piece based on a predetermined theme. Youth Troupe is in part a training program, as students will build skills that prepare them for continued involvement in theatre. It is also a unique forum for exploring thoughts and opinions, and expressing them creatively through a structured art form.

Above all, the process is fun, rewarding, and requires a great deal of dedication, discipline, and energy. The ideal Troupe candidate is a young person who is enthusiastic about theatre, interested in growing as an artist, eager to learn, has a cooperative spirit, and believes that he/she has something valuable to contribute to the company.

Applications are available online via our account with the website SurveyMonkey -

Applications must be received by November 20, 2009. After that time, Jim DeVivo will contact applicants to schedule an interview with both the student and parent(s) to further discuss the program and the applicants' interested in joining.

Youth Troupe is scheduled to run for 15 Saturdays beginning January 23, 2010 and ending with a public presentation on May 8, 2010. (No class on April 3.) Troupe meets from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm on those days; however, the final day will also include the presentation at 2:00 pm. The cost for the prorgam is $475.00 for the 15 sessions and performance. Scholarships for students with financial need may also be available.

Questions? Contact Jim DeVivo at 973.514.1787 X14 or

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