DIGITAL LEAP OUTREACH
A new outreach component of the Arts Club’s LEAP Playwriting Intensive, Digital LEAP extends our dedication to playwriting instruction across the province. This program connects through schools to smaller communities in British Columbia and engages directly with youth ages 16 to 19 and offers online instruction via the internet and streaming technology.
Ten online classes are offered to the participating student, whose work is shared with their colleagues and feedback is offered in a safe and supportive environment via a web-based video conferencing software. Each student is guided through the creation of a short original play which is then workshopped by a cast of professional actors. The workshopping process is streamed from the Arts Club in Vancouver directly to the students’ computer. The program culminates in a mini-festival of play readings that take place in front of a live audience at the Arts Club in Vancouver and the entire event is streamed live to the participating communities.
Students are invited to apply for the program, and the program is 100% free to successful applicants.
January to April 2017
December 15, 2016
Classes will take place after school hours on Thursdays.
How To Apply:
If you live in a community in Northern BC, the Interior, or in any smaller community in BC and are interested in this program, either as a school, an administrator or as a student hoping to participate in Digital LEAP, please feel free to contact us.
The Arts Club will also reach out to high schools in smaller communities in BC throughout the fall of 2016, and invite applications from students.
- All applicants must fill out a registration form.
- 1–2 page sample of ANY writing you feel good about—a poem, essay, monologue, short scene, play, letter. It can be something you wrote a while ago or something brand new. Maximum 2 pages, 12-point font.
- A paragraph about you and why you'd like to participate in Digital LEAP. Please include your age and where you go to school.
Shawn Macdonald is an award-winning playwright and actor. His play Prodigal Son won the Jessie Award for Outstanding Original Script in 2006, and his play Demon Voice was produced by Touchstone Theatre in 2009. He co-wrote the comedies World's Greatest Guy and Fear Knot (with Gary Jones) for the Arts Club Theatre Company, and his newest play, Sister Judy, was commissioned by the Arts Club as part of the Silver Commissions program and premiered at the Arts Club in the spring of 2015. Shawn is the Artistic Associate at Green Thumb Theatre for Young Audiences and produces and directs an annual collective creation for teenagers.