LEAP: PLAYWRITING INTENSIVE FOR YOUNG WRITERS
LEAP 2013 PUBLIC READINGS
All events are free and will be held in the Revue Stage
Sunday, March 31
LEAP Level 1, 7–9:30 PM
Sunday, April 7
LEAP Level 2, 7–9:30 PM
Sunday, April 14
LEAP Level 3, 7–9 PM
This year’s stellar company of professional actors who will read the student plays:
Dean Paul Gibson
Currently about to launch its seventh year, LEAP (Learning Early About Playwriting) is a dynamic, interactive program for young playwrights. Participants learn the basic principles of playwriting, share their work with classmates, and provide feedback for one another in a safe and supportive environment. Students also receive feedback from theatre professionals and have their work developed by professional actors in this unique program offered by Western Canada’s largest theatre company.
LEAP offers three courses: Level I, for a maximum of 10 introductory-level students; Level II, for 5 students who have previous playwriting experience; and Level III, for 1 college- or university-level student. Level I students create short plays, Level II students write one-act plays, and the Level III student is guided through the creation of a full-length play. All classes culminate in a public reading of material written by the students.
Any student with an interest in writing of any kind is encouraged to apply. The program is designed both for those interested in theatre-making and those with a writing background who want to learn to write in a different genre. All programs are led by award-winning playwright and actor Shawn Macdonald (see bio below).
|The Level 1 class from the 2011/2012 program||The Level 2 class from the 2011/2012 program|
Here's what some alumni have to say about LEAP:
"This program helped solidify my philosophy and views on
writing, let me learn about my craft, and amazingly improved my rewriting
capabilities. The environment is unbelievable!"
"I would be the happiest person alive if I could do this for a living."
"I'm definitely going to write more plays now—the tangible feedback from the audience was amazing. Very satisfying."
"The program was amazing, such a great opportunity. I'm so thankful and happy that I was able to be a part of it.... I also learned a lot about myself and what I want to do for the rest of my life."
"Amazing, amazing program!”
"Not only does it build you as a writer, it builds you as a person."
"This program raised my confidence as a playwright."
"I loved every single aspect of this program!"
All students accepted into the program will be on FULL SCHOLARSHIP. There is no fee whatsoever for those accepted into the program.
Acceptance into LEAP is based on the strength of writing samples that form part of the application process. All students must have regular access to a computer with internet connection. Successful candidates must arrange for their own transportation to and from the Arts Club for classes, readings, shows, etc.
Dates: Mid-November 2012 to April 2013
Ten classes at the Arts Club with playwright Shawn Macdonald. Includes a tour of the company, meeting theatre professionals who work on new plays, and field trips to select productions at the Arts Club free of charge.
Full, unlimited, and secure access to the program’s closed Facebook group. Includes lectures, online discussions, and group feedback on work posted, classroom follow-up, and access to playwriting resources online.
Workshops and readings of the student playwrights' original plays by professional actors in a public reading at the Arts Club in February 2013.
Discussions on how to rewrite a play after a workshop or reading, how to submit a play to a theatre company, and information on youth playwriting competitions and opportunities.
LEAP sessions are weekly beginning on November 14th.
- Level 1 is on Monday evenings 7 PM to 9 PM, at the Granville Island Stage
- Level 2 is on Tuesdays evenings 7 PM to 9 PM, at the Granville Island Stage
There is a break from on site classes from mid-December to Late January. Then classes resume weekly until early March. After that there are weekend workshop with professional actors and public readings on Sundays throughout April.
HOW TO APPLY
Submit the following by
by October 31, 2012. Students applying for the Levels I
and II courses should be in the 16 to 18 age range.
Level III applicants should be in the early stages of
their college or university careers.
Deadline for applications is October 31, 2012. Applicants will be notified either way shortly thereafter.
INSTRUCTOR/PROGRAM LEADER: 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. Shawn is the Artistic Associate at Green Thumb Theatre for Young Audiences and produces and directs the annual collective creation for teenagers, The Edge Project.
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