High School Playwriting Project
About the High School Playwriting Project
The High School Playwriting Project began as a collaboration between Rose Pearson and Larry Boston (an Eastern Hills High School theatre teacher) in 1996. When Mr. Boston received a playwriting scholarship award from the Star-Telegram, he approached Ms. Pearson with the idea of having readings of his students’ plays at Circle Theatre, presented by a professional director and cast of actors.
Each year, the Project begins with annual invitations to area high school teachers to enter 10-minute scripts, written by their students, for evaluation by an experienced panel of theatre peers. These judges read the anonymously-submitted plays, write responses for each script, and choose 20 plays to send to Connie Whitt-Lambert, theatre professor at Texas Wesleyan University.
Connie Whitt-Lambert and her playwriting students then provide written analyses for each of the selected twenty plays. From these twenty submissions, up to four playwrights are then invited to the Wesleyan campus for additional discussion about their work. This provides an opportunity to edit their original submissions.
Teachers in Fort Worth and surrounding communities, who wish to participate in next year’s Playwriting Project, may email Tim Long at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The High School Playwriting Project is underwritten by the Pangburn Foundation, JP Morgan, trustee