Teenagers ages 14-plus are invited to participate in a hybrid theater writer’s workshop sponsored by the Bologna Performing Arts Center, Delta Arts Alliance, and StoryWorks Theater.
The program will begin in September, run through November of the fall semester, and focus on original short scenes and monologue work. Workshop meetings will begin with weekly virtual sessions and slowly progress to face-to-face small group work, pending development of COVID-19 case counts in the region. Any face-to-face classes that eventually take place at the theater will align with social distancing protocols.
Students will work with teaching artists to develop original material they can use for future auditions and stage performance. They will be able to pull from personal experiences during their times of separation during lockdowns and quarantine to develop their written pieces. The project will offer space to convene, discuss, and draft original content that serves as a time capsule for these unprecedented times. Folders, papers, and writing utensils will be supplied to participants, but students must provide their own devices with a webcam and microphone in order to participate.
The 10-week program will culminate in a final virtual showcase two weeks prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. The workshop fee for the fall semester is $25. Register online at bolognapac.com. Contact the arts education office at the Bologna Performing Arts Center at 662-846-4844 with questions.
Photo by Rory Doyle.