Hands down, one of our favorite things about the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference is working with the student playwrights of McCall-Donnelly High School. Their boundless enthusiasm, theatrical ambition and youthful conviction inspires us and reminds us to stay focused on those things that are honest and important and true. They lead us back to ourselves, and as we urge them on and encourage them take the stage boldly, we are reminded that we must do these things in our own work as well.
Today's post is dedicated to all the high school writers who came to us and who trusted us with their work, so let's hear from them!
The video below was made by Ben Verschoor, one of our former student playwrights who went on to become a Conference playwright and recently received his MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University! Congrats, Ben, and thanks to you and all the students who shared their stories with you!
Even a world wide pandemic, that kept us from traveling to McCall couldn't keep us from our commitment to the student playwrights of McCall-Donnelly High School!
With students learning from home, intrepid Literary Manager A.P. Andrews provided the drama program with video lessons and exercises, and a troupe of "best of" mentors provided playwrights with one-to-one support, all of which eventually led to a reading on Zoom.
Some of the many wonderful worlds we've visited,
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