Our focus in our education programs isn’t in creating an artist out of every child that takes a class with us or participates in our residencies or contests, it’s simply to instill in each person the tools of creativity – the ability to think critically, to synthesize original solutions, and to participate in and appreciate the process of creation and distillation that all good ideas go through in their life cycle.
Some of our students, however, are born with that artist’s spark in them and they go on to do wonderful things in the arts – Julie Ann Earls is a perfect example of that. I went to see Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic last week and got to hang out with Julie Ann afterwards. Here’s a few questions she answered for us!
WTNJ: Like most of us in the theatre, you’re a multi-hyphenate – actor, singer, voice-over artist, etc. What are some of the projects you’re currently working on? And feel free to plug anything you want people to go see!
JAE: The main thing I’m working on is Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of
Madison, NJ — For the past thirty-five years, the Writers Theatre of New Jersey has conducted the New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival, a program which brings teaching artists to local schools to work with students on the art of playwriting. The Festival also includes a contest, which is open to writers across the state and repeatedly draws incredible young minds to create inspiring new work.
One such mind was that of Julie Ann Earls, a 2008 New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival Winner. Since this early success, Earls has gone on to pursue theatre professionally and, earlier this year, finished up a multi-year run on the off-Broadway hit “PUFFS, OR: SEVEN INCREASINGLY EVENTFUL YEARS AT A CERTAIN SCHOOL OF MAGIC AND MAGIC.” She still fondly recalls her experience with the Festival and stands by what she wrote shortly after winning: “That’s what this experience was all about: real actors taking my real work very seriously. This was invaluable to a young artist like myself. It made me feel like I wasn’t just some kid who wrote some play about moody teenagers and their moody rings — it made me feel like I was a real dramatic force that had something to …Continue reading