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Young Artists and Writers Project to Host 9th Annual Middle School Playwrights Festival May 20

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Playwrights, actors, and stage crew at the 2016 YAWP Middle School Playwrights Festival. Dane Dupuis photo

Five short plays written and performed by local middle school students will be presented at Stony Brook Southampton’s Avram Theater on Saturday, May 20, at 7 pm as the culminating event of the 2016 Young Artists and Writers Project (YAWP) Middle School Playwriting program.

Playwrights for the festival were drawn from YAWP playwriting classes at Eastport South Manor, The Ross School, Shelter Island School, and the YAWP Summer Conference session.

The festival represents a collaboration between student playwrights, actors and designers who have been taught and mentored by theater and writing professionals affiliated with Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Creative Writing and Literature, which created and sponsors the YAWP programs. Professional directors stage the plays, which encompass an array of genres—from comedies to dramas—with subject matter drawn from the students’ own lives.

This year, YAWP has entered into a new partnership with GoodCircle, a crowdfunding platform that brings businesses, individuals and nonprofit organizations together to raise funds and awareness for specific, tangible projects.

Speaking about the partnership, GoodCircle Co-Founder Joan Overlook noted that “YAWP is raising money to fund scholarships and expansion in three additional schools. To ensure YAWP’s transformative creative writing programs can serve even more young people, we are currently looking for business partners for this project.”

Read more at the Stony Brook Southampton website.

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