The development of story-tellers for the future of the American Theater may be one of the most valuable educational programs that the ETC can offer the Santa Barbara community. The Young Playwrights Festival is a 4-month-long program that gives young writers a safe and nurturing forum from which to create a 10-minute play which is subsequently produced and staged with professional directors and actors for public audiences. There is no cost to apply or participate.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the unpredictability of the current pandemic, we will begin this program online with the hope of having the final presentation in person.
Students who complete the Young Playwright Festival program will receive multiple and varied opportunities to develop their creativity and gain artistic skills. Phase One includes 3 hours a week of classroom instruction focusing on the fundamentals of playwriting, the evolution of playwriting in American theater and essential principles of drama. Students will engage in writing exercises, theater games and creative exploration. At the completion of this first phase students will have completed a rough draft of a 10-minute play. Phase Two provides one-on-one guidance from a professional playwright to help students during the revision process. Phase Three gives students the opportunity to collaborate with a professional theater director to cast and produce staged readings of the plays for the public. After each play is performed the playwright participates in an on-stage Q&A session with audience.
Throughout the YPF program, students will:
Learn the basic principles of dramatic composition for live stage performance
Execute a range of assigned playwriting exercises considered essential to drama
Write reflectively from a designated theme
Compose original scenes and 10-minute plays
Develop knowledge of dramatic literature and theory and discuss sample plays by experienced writers
Create characters through dialogue, action and objectives
Understand the concepts of Exposition, Rhythm, and Dramatic Tension
Research, gather, and synthesize information from a variety of sources and present it in a structured, coherent manner, both in writing and orally
Learn how to effectively communicate creative ideas
Develop the ability to critique and analyze a variety of peer-generated writing, and the ability to receive and synthesize critiques of their own writing from peers and faculty
Develop collaborative skills with peers and other theater artists