Trinity Rep’s Write Here! Write Now! Play Competition is Now Accepting Entries  

PROVIDENCE, RI: Trinity Rep’s seventh annual playwriting competition for New England High School students, Write Here! Write Now!, is now accepting entries. Students are asked to compose an original ten-minute play and submit it via the online application form at www.trinityrep.com/whwn. The submission deadline is March 5, 2018.

Write Here! Write Now! is presented each year as part of the “Beyond Trinity Rep” Community Education movement at the organization. Creative writing, English, and theater teachers are asked by Trinity Rep’s education department to assign a ten-minute play as a part of their classroom curriculum. All completed plays are then submitted – free of charge – to the Write Here! Write Now! competition.  Scripts are adjudicated through a blind evaluation process by Trinity Rep’s education, artistic, and literary staff. Each year, four winners are selected with at least one winner from a Providence, RI high school. In addition to seeing their plays performed on stage, winners also receive a scholarship towards any Trinity Rep Young Actors Studio afterschool class and 20 free tickets to a Project Discovery student matinee performance during the 2018–19 season for their school.

“We’ve found that giving high school students the opportunity to write for the stage has been an exciting way to engage their creativity in a form that can feel more authentic, immediate, and true to their experience,” says Matthew Tibbs, school partnerships manager and teaching artist at Trinity Rep. “It’s our hope that students gain some insights while writing from different perspectives.”

Each award-winning student will have their ten-minute play presented by professional actors at a staged reading at Trinity Rep on May 7, 2018, a free event open to the public. More information on Trinity Rep’s education programs or the Write Here! Write Now! event is at www.trinityrep.com[/]/whwn.

THE COLLABORATIVE PRESENTS: WARREN ART ACADEMY

collaborative The Collaborative, an all-volunteer nonprofit arts organization, will be holding free art classes for middle and high school students during the month of March.  The classes will be held at the Mary V. Quirk School, 790 Main St., Warren in coordination with the Warren Parks & Recreation Department and funded by grants from Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and the TACO White Family Foundation.

The classes will be presented in two sections and students can pick one class from each section. Section One runs on consecutive Sundays: March 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th, from 1pm-4pm and offers a class in functional sculpture and one in nontraditional & experimental techniques.  Section Two will take place on Friday March 23rd from 3pm-6pm and then on Saturday and Sunday, the 24th – 25th, from 9am-1pm. These classes will be in printmaking and filmmaking.  Four talented Rhode Island Arts Educators will teach the classes including Juliette Casselman, Lauren Enjeti, Adam Tracy and Tommy Whalen.

Since its inception, The Collaborative has always envisioned being less a gallery and more of an educational organization, bringing together art and education for people of all ages.  That’s why Executive Director of The Collaborative, Uriah Donnelly, is very excited about this particular event. “This program really follows our philosophy of using the arts to educate,” said Donnelly.

The two main goals of this program are to develop each student’s appreciation of the arts and to encourage self-esteem and confidence.  Since The Collaborative started, we have had many young artists exhibit in our gallery. We’ve had the pleasure of watching them grow and evolve into budding professionals.

At the conclusion of the classes, there will be showcases of the students’ work throughout the month of April at The Collaborative space, 498 Main Street Warren, RI.

These classes are free but are capped at ten and students must register through The Collaborative website: https://thecollaborative02885.org/art-academy. For more information email: info@thecollaborative02885.org.

Writing classes at School One

180sClasses for Young Writers begin January 29th and March 12th.

Write Here Write Now: Playwriting for Teens (6 sessions begins January 23)

School One Hosts Trinity Rep’s Write Here Write Now Playwriting for Teens: Student Playwriting Workshop in preparation for Trinity Rep’s Write Here Write Now competition for young playwrights

Come learn the ins and outs of writing a script for the stage!

Students will create an original ten minute play of their own to be entered into the student play festival. If selected the play will be read by professional actors on the Trinity Rep stage!

Classes are on Tuesday, 3:30-5pm at School One.

Open to students in grades 9-12.

Lit Lab  (6 sessions begins January 30; March 13)

Explore, create, and rework your writing with guided experiments, writing time focused on your interests, and individualized feedback.

Classes are on Tuesday, 3:30-5pm at School One.

Open to students in grades 7-12.

Comic Book and Graphic Design Creator (Eight sessions begins March 15)

Dream up, plan out, design, and draw comic books or short graphic novels with help from cartoonist Miles Cook.

Classes are on Thursday, 3:30-5pm at School One.

Open to students in grade 7-12. 

$120 scholarships available.

Anything But Reality (6 sessions begins March 22)

Write about magic, dreams, fantasy, science fiction, ghosts, fairies, the paranormal, superheroes, or anything your imagination can invent.

Classes are on Thursday, 3:30-5pm at School One.

Open to students in grade 7-12. 

$120 scholarships available.

Class details on our website, www-school-one.org

Contact Diana Champa at 401-331-2497 or dianac@school-one.org to sign up!

Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals Today (4/25/17) – Watch, Livestreamed!

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Rhode Island Poetry Out Loud 2017 Champion Simon Rabatin with VSA Arts Rhode Island Director Jeannine Chartier (left) and Rhode Island State Poet Tina Cane. Photo by Malcolm Greenaway.

If it’s Tuesday morning, April 25, 2017, then it’s the regional finals for the National Poetry Out Loud Championship in Washington, DC.  Competing for Rhode Island is Simon Rabatin, a senior from Moses Brown School in Providence.  Simon is in the group competing from 9am to 12noon on Tuesday morning.

Can’t make it to Washington?  No worries.  The regional finals will be livestreamed.  So will the final competition, scheduled for Wednesday evening, April 26th, starting at 7pm from the Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University.

Good luck, Simon!

Poetry Out Loud is a program sponsored nationally by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and The Poetry Foundation in Chicago. Organized along the lines of the national spelling bee, Poetry Out Loud promotes competitions at the high school level throughout the country, with local winners going on to state finals, and from there to the national championship competition.