WRITE A PLAY

We are proud to present the 25th Anniversary of the WRITE A PLAY program. WRITE A PLAY is a year-round comprehensive arts integration program with a unique blend of professional plays, exciting theatre experiences, and in-class workshops. Through participatory learning with a special emphasis on literacy, this program has developed an impressive record of success, reaching over 50,000 students annually.

All Students are encouraged to submit their work to FST’s Young Playwrights Festival, which celebrates those students and their teachers, whose plays show a strong understanding for the theatrical process involved in writing a play and reveal a budding creative talent that deserves congratulations! For more information, or to submit a play please click here.

Subscriptions are still available for the 2015/2016 School Year - SUBSCRIBE NOW! 
Students can participate in the full three-show WRITE A PLAY Program for $12 per student.

Our Secondary WRITE A PLAY Writing Workshop Tour
is booking for the 2015/2016 school year!
One Day residencies at your school start at just $395!

To SUBSCRIBE or book the Secondary tour please contact Patrick A. Jackson, WRITE A PLAY Coordinator at (941) 366-9797 or by email at pjackson@floridastudiotheatre.org.

For more information on funding assistance visit www.EdExploreSRQ.com for special grants that would help FST integrate with your school community.

 


“An outstanding job of providing REAL integration of the arts with the classroom.
Thank you for being my partner in education!”
- Sue Rowe, Phillipi Shores Elementary School 

FLORIDA STANDARD FULFILLMENTS

  • Language Arts
  • Prewriting
  • Drafting
  • Revising
  • Editing for Language
  • Conventions
  • Publishing Creative Writing
  • Listening & Speaking
  • Theatre Arts
  • Creation & Communication

History of WRITE A PLAY

In 1991, FST launched the WRITE A PLAY Program as an arts-in-education initiative designed to inspire youth to write plays. Students are encouraged to write from their own point of view and in doing so they create a diverse group of plays such as No War Can Tear Our Love Apart, a touching tale of the love between a girl and her father leaving for active duty, and The Adventure of Captain Captain, an entertaining story about thwarting evil, saving the day, and not judging a book by its cover. They tell about relationships, lessons they’ve learned, and how sometimes the world is a very big place. Initiated with the support of the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts Challenge Funds, the WRITE A PLAY program now impacts over 50,000 attendees each year throughout the United States, Israel, Russia, and Scotland, and continues to inspire them to open their minds and imaginations.

Florida Studio Theatre also works in partnership with TCGBlue Star Families, and the MetLife Foundation to bring the WRITE A PLAY program to military bases. For more information click here.

Click here to watch the PBS Documentary about WAP.

WRITE A PLAY is celebrating its 25th Anniversary!

SUBSCRIBE NOW! Students can participate in the full three-show WRITE A PLAY Program for $12 per student.

 

 

If you cannot come to us, we can bring the magic of live theatre to your school. All productions are available to tour. To read the touring brochure, click here.

For more information and to become a WRITE A PLAY subscriber contact Patrick A. Jackson, WRITE A PLAY Coordinator at (941) 366-9797 or pjackson@floridastudiotheatre.org.

For more information on funding assistance visit www.EdExploreSRQ.com for special grants that would help FST integrate with your school community.

 


RUMPLESTILTSKIN: FALL CHILDREN'S SHOW

Adapted by Beth Duda and Adam Ratner
(At FST) in the Keating Theatre
Begins September 29, 2015

The Play that Sets the Example
This classic fable of love, deceit, and vanity is given a modern twist. A father, eager for his daughter Millie to win the King’s heart, claims that she can spin straw into gold. When Millie and her sister Tillie are forced to complete the task or face dire circumstances, they take an offer made by a mysterious man. Will they all live happily ever after, or will the consequences of their decision threaten their happiness forever?

 

WRITE IT UP, WRITE IT DOWN: PLAYMAKERS TOUR

(At Your School)
Begins October 6, 2015

The Play that Inspires Writing
Geared to inspire your students to write their own plays and participate in our 2016 Young Playwrights Festival. As a model, professional actors will perform at least two award-winning plays written by young playwrights. The show also teaches playwriting basics by using improvisation and participatory learning tools to inspire writing. Included with the show are up to eight in-class workshops to get your students writing their own plays.

 

IMAGINATION ADVENTURES: UNDER SIX

(At FST) in the Keating Theatre
Begins April 12, 2016
*Subject to change based on theFlorida testing schedule

The Winning Plays Written by Children
Wise, heartfelt, and often hilarious, this anthology of Award-winning short plays highlights the most creative and imaginative writing from Elementary school students. Performed by a cast of professional actors, the show will include a wide range of genres from comedies to dramas. These authentic stories from the minds of children, just like your students, contain lessons of life and purpose for us all.


For more information and to become a WRITE A PLAY subscriber contact Patrick A. Jackson, WRITE A PLAY Coordinator at (941) 366-9797 or pjackson@floridastudiotheatre.org.

For more information on funding assistance visit www.EdExploreSRQ.com for special grants that would help FST integrate with your school community.

WRITE A PLAY is celebrating its 25th Anniversary!

DYNAMIC WORKSHOPS ON TOUR
As little as $4 per student! Begins in Fall, 2015.

 

 

FST offers in-class workshops as a one-day, three-day, or week-long residency. Our professional teaching artists reinforce your teaching methods and use arts integration tools to motivate your students to unleash their creativity through writing.

Students have the option to submit their plays and sketches to FST’s annual Young Playwrights Festival. Each student will be recognized for their participation and achievement. Winning writers will be honored by FST on the day of the festival in Sarasota, FL.

For available packages, scroll down. To purchase a residency or package please contact Patrick A. Jackson, WRITE A PLAY Coordinator at (941) 366-9797 or by email at pjackson@floridastudiotheatre.org.

For more information on funding assistance visit www.EdExploreSRQ.com for special grants that would help FST integrate with your school community.

 


AVAILABLE PACKAGES

Package 1: PLAYWRITING WORKSHOPS
Student Plays Performed by Students
A series of workshops that take students through the creative process of writing, rehearsing, and staging an original play. Click here for more information.

Package 2: SPOKEN WORD
Student Written Poetry
Students explore the vibrant world of spoken word and slam poetry. Teaching artists incorporate rhythm and rhyme to help students create original pieces. Click here for more information.

Package 3: SKETCH COMEDY WORKSHOP
Short Sketches for the Stage or Screen
Students will learn the basic building blocks of a sketch and learn to write a variety of short comedic scenes. Through interactive class exercises, readings, and scene deconstructions, students will discover the fundamental principles of sketch writing and the joy of creating truly funny material. Click here for more information.

Package 4: SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP
Short Screenplay for Film or Television
Students will learn the creative process of writing an original screenplay for film or TV through a series of workshops. Teaching artists use improvisation and acting techniques to inspire original ideas for material. Click here for more information.

FLORIDA STANDARD FULFILLMENTS:

  • Language Arts
  • Prewriting
  • Drafting
  • Revising
  • Editing for Language
  • Conventions
  • Publishing
  • Creative Writing
  • Listening & Speaking
  • Theatre Arts
  • Creation & Communication

AVAILABLE RESIDENCY OPTIONS

ONE DAY

Students will learn the elements of the chosen subject(s). Subject offerings include: Playwriting, Spoken Word, Sketch Comedy, and Screenwriting. Teaching artists utilize improvisation and acting games with the students to explore various themes and ideas for writing. After a brainstorming session, teaching artists will assist the students in creating original plays, sketches, or poetry. For more information click here.

THREE DAY

  • DAY ONE: Introduction to the elements of the chosen subject, improvisation and acting games for exploration, and a brainstorming session with students to create ideas for original works.
  • DAY TWO: FST teaching artists will assist the students individually or in pairs to create their original plays, sketches, or poetry pieces.
  • DAY THREE: Students will work with teaching artists on final revisions for their piece. Once complete, all students will participate in an in-class reading of the sketches and plays. The subject of Spoken Word will have an in-class poetry slam.

ONE WEEK

  • DAY ONE: Introduction to the elements of the chosen subject, improvisation and acting games for exploration, and a brainstorming session with students to create ideas for original works.
  • DAY TWO: FST teaching artists will assist the students individually or in pairs to create their original plays, sketches, or poetry pieces.
  • DAY THREE: Students will continue to write and revise their pieces with the assistance of FST Teaching Artists and fellow students.
  • DAY FOUR: Students will cast and rehearse their plays and sketches. Spoken Word will explore variations of the way their pieces are read in differing styles of Spoken Word Poetry.
  • DAY FIVE: Students will perform their work in the classroom for their fellow students and invited guests.

All workshops are one hour long. However, when a residency is purchased, FST teaching artists are present at the school for one full day. They can teach up to 5 one hour workshops in one day. Dependent on school schedule.

For more information or to purchase a residency, please contact Patrick A. Jackson, WRITE A PLAY Coordinator, at (941) 366-9797 or by email at pjackson@floridastudiotheatre.org.

For more information on funding assistance visit www.EdExploreSRQ.com for special grants that would help FST integrate with your school community.