During the camp, ten middle school students will learn about the art of playwriting and devise their own monologues on what home means to them. In a safe space, playwright José Casas will guide the young artists and weave their collectively created stories into a piece of devised theater. Students will learn acting techniques and how to physically embody a character from Playhouse Director of Education, Jenny Nelson.
We’ve also invited local community housing activists to share their important work and talk about how students can use their voice to better our community. Campers will also have the opportunity to learn what happens behind the scenes at a working theater through workshops with Playhouse staff.
Students will finish their camp experience by performing an original monologue (developed during camp) at the Playhouse for an invited audience of family and friends. Students will also receive a bound copy of the piece they create together. We hope that CampWCP empowers young artists to activate their creative voice — so that they can ignite social change for their community and beyond.