Complete Access Programs strive to open the creative writing and performing experience to all audiences. These programs range from the “Living with Disabilities” Category of the New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest, to Programs with Juvenile Offenders, Senior Citizens, schools working with disabled students and young adults, and accessibility programs for audiences at our public events. This year, we are working with students at the JFK School in Newark, The Craig School in Mountain Lakes, Warren Residential Center in Oxford, and Green Residential Center in Ringwood.
Our last three programs (2014, 2016 and 2017) with incarcerated Juvenile Offenders have been offered through a contract with VSA Washington’s VSA Playwright Discovery Program.
The VSA Playwright Discovery Program has also contracted with WTNJ to offer programs at The Craig School in Mountain Lakes, NJ, and the JFK School in Newark NJ.
WTNJ is proud to report that plays submitted to the VSA Playwright Discovery Contest have won national awards in 2014, 2015, 2016 (in the junior and senior division).
Click on the tabs to the left for more information, an application and project contact.
In 2014, 2016 and 2017, these programs were made possible through a contract with the VSA Playwright Discovery Program at The Kennedy Center in Washington. These final presentations were held at the NJ Performing Arts Center; videos and photos from the 2016 presentations can be seen below:
A Scene from “Learn Your ABCs” by Elijah Gaines and Jaleel Lindsay
A Brief Scene from “Text This” by Jose Matias
Ethan Furstoss, Playwright and Actor, On the Excitment of Creating Original Work
Writers Theatre teaching artists also work with students with disabilities at their own schools as part of a contract with VSA– Washington. The students learn about the elements of theatre and dramatic writing and write plays that are then submitted to the Kennedy Center’s Playwright Discovery Program. This year, four students from our classes won the Playwright Discovery Program competition: Elijah Gaines and Jaleel Lindsay were winners in the high school division (from our Juvenile Justice Program, detailed in the tab above) and Alessandra Sommers and Colin McKenna won the Junior Division.
Below are some images of a performance of the students’ work by their peers at he Craig School, one of two schools we work with as part of this program.
This is a clip from Writers Theatre Master Teaching Artist Arthur Wilson’s Silver Scribes class at the Ironbound Senior Center in Newark, NJ. In it, Silver Scribes student Joyce Teixeira shares with the class a poem that she wrote about her experience as a school teacher.
Writers Theatre Master Teaching Artist Dominique Cieri taught a class at the JFK School in Newark, NJ this year. Here’s a clip from their final presentation, entitled, “You Don’t Know Me.”
Below are some of the students that Writers Theatre Master Teaching Artist Dominique Cieri worked with last year in her residency at The Craig School in Mountain Lakes, NJ.
Writers Theatre provides a number of accessible programs for audiences at our public events. Click here for more information.