Ages 9 – 12 
June 1 (12 pm – 1 pm )
June 8, 15, 22 (11 am – 12 pm)

Ages 12 – 19 
June 1, 8, 15, 22 (10 am – 12 pm) 

Tuition is $95, classes are 15 students maximum

Gloucester Stage Youth Playwrights Workshop is a professional training program designed to introduce or cultivate a passion for storytelling through playwriting. Students will have the opportunity to write and refine scripts through a multi-draft process with input from professional playwright Deirdre Girard.

Students will learn the theme for our 2019 Young Playwrights Festival and have early access to submit their ten-minute play before the general public! The Young Playwrights Festival will be held on September 17th. Selected plays will be workshopped and performed in staged readings performed by youth acting students and professional actors. 

Deirdre Girard, who has a passion for creating distinctive stage roles for women, completed her MFA in Playwriting at Boston University. She has had dozens of one-act plays produced nationally and internationally and her first full-length play The Christina Experiment was produced by the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, MA. Deirdre was named a 2012/13 and returning 2013/14 Playwriting Fellow at New Repertory Theater in Watertown, MA, where she developed Reconsidering Hanna(h), which received a production by Boston Playwrights Theatre in 2014. In 2015, Deirdre was selected for the BCA/Company One Play Labs developmental program and in 2016 for the TWSS program at Central Square Theater. Most recently, she completed a commission from Peabody Essex Museum for two one-act plays, won the Susan Glaspell National Short Play Award at QC Theater, Iowa for her one-act play In the Buff, and had readings of her plays Shaken and Dollar for Dollar in Boston and Chicago. She is the founder of Writer’s at Play (a Boston University Alumni Playwriting Group), a visiting playwright/instructor for Boston University’s Massachusetts Young Playwrights Project, an editor for the Stage Source New Play Alliance Newsletter, a board member for the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, and co-founder of TideTaken Playwriting Collaborative which operates a 40 seat rehearsal studio available at no cost to North Shore theater organizations.





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