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Julie Ann Earls – WTNJ Artist’s Profile

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 …

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New Jersey Young Playwrights Winners Announced

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 …

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Thirty-Fourth Annual New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival High School Winners!

We’re proud to announce the winners of the thirty-fourth annual New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival in the High School category!

The high school winners are: Packing by Michael Villanueva, a student at the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools – East Brunswick; Trust No One by Gabrielle Poisson, a Newark Academy student; Learn Your ABCs by Elijah Gaines, of Lindenwold High School, & Jaleel Lindsey, from the Greenfields Residential Community Home; Smile by Kianni Keys from Newark Academy, and Hot Dogs and Feminism by Jasmine Sharma, a student at Bergen County Academy for Visual & Performing Arts.

Over 450 plays …

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First Annual New Jersey Youth Poet Laureate Winners!

We’re proud to announce the winners of the first annual New Jersey Youth Poet Laureate Contest!

The three 2017 New Jersey Youth Poet Laureates are Mel Xiao, a Newark Academy student from Livingston; Eileen Huang, a High Technology High School student from Holmdel; and Nicole Tota, a Cherokee High School student from Marlton. These three winners will represent North, Central, and South Jersey, respectively. Writers Theatre will present them with opportunities to perform and share their work throughout the state and their poems will be published later this year.  Each winner will also receive a Governor’s Award.

With this being …

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NJ Student Writers Win Big in WTNJ Contests

Madison, NJ — Writers Theatre of New Jersey has just announced the high school winners of both the thirty-fourth annual New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival and the first annual New Jersey Youth Poet Laureate contest! Young writers from all over the state are represented.

The high school winners of Writers Theatre’s New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival are: Packing by Michael Villanueva, a student at the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools – East Brunswick; Trust No One by Gabrielle Poisson, a Newark Academy student; Learn Your ABCs by Elijah Gaines & Jaleel Lindsey from the Greenfields Residential Community Home; Smile 

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