Thalia P. ’19 was chosen to participate in Write On, Hartford Stage’s Annual Young Playwrights’ Competition. The competition is open to all Connecticut residents in grades 9-12. Among these applicants, 5-6 are selected to participate in the program. The program is modeled on Hartford Stage’s new play development process, and Write On playwrights have the unique opportunity to learn about professional play development first-hand. Accepted students work with a professional playwright to turn their ideas into ten-minute play scripts. Thalia developed her play, “Escape Room”, in intensive writing workshops held at Hartford Stage. The program culminated with a reading of the ten-minute plays performed by local actors and directed by professional directors who worked closely with the young playwrights.
Thalia is a member of Watkinson’s Creative Arts diploma program. Private school student artists who have demonstrated serious interest and strong ability may be accepted into the Diploma Program based on an audition or portfolio review, a written statement of intent, and an interview. Many of these students plan to enter careers in the arts; graduates have gone on to some of the world’s leading dance and theater companies, galleries, and symphony orchestras. This program combines rigorous practice schedules with an individualized course of requirements under the guidance of an art advisor. Students may study off-campus if necessary during the day. The C.A.P. faculty provides liaison with leading arts institutions, including Hartford Stage, the Hartford Art School, Hartt School of Music, and Juilliard.