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.
Our last two programs (2014 and 2016) 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 and 2016, 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 VSA grant. 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.
Writers Theatre provides a number of accessible programs for audiences at our public events. Click here for more information.