Baltimore Center Stage announced today its 36th Annual Young Playwrights Festival will take place virtually. This year’s program also includes free virtual residencies for multiple classrooms, an online residency that Maryland students can join, and an expansion of the types of work in the festival, in collaboration with DewMore Baltimore.
“The Young Playwrights Festival and our residency programs are just one of the many ways that BCS is staying open for storytelling this year,” said Director of Artistic Partnerships and Innovation, Annalisa Dias in a statement. “I’m so excited we’ll be working with students and teachers to foster storytelling and creativity, especially now when they both feel so needed. I’m looking forward to our virtual YPF this spring, and can’t wait to read all the inspiring work that I know young people will create and share with us!”
The free residencies prioritize Title 1 schools in Baltimore City serving students with disabilities. The schools receiving residencies are Baltimore Lab School, City Springs Elementary/Middle School, Deep Creek Middle School, Forth Worthington Elementary/Middle School, Garrett Heights Elementary/Middle School, Graceland Park O’Donnell Heights Elementary, Maryland School for the Blind, National Academy Foundation, and the Academy of Fine Arts.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore Center Stage has adapted its curriculum and will offer it for download online as well. It is available to teachers or students. The students have the option to participate in an online residency in February led by Baltimore Center Stage teaching artists, where they will receive guidance and complete their work in a group environment.
The theme for this year’s festival is “Eyes on the Horizon.” Any K-12 student enrolled or homeschooled in the state of Maryland is eligible to apply. This year, the open call has expanded to accept spoken word poetry as well as plays. For this reason, Baltimore Center Stage is collaborating with DewMore Baltimore, a community-based organization dedicated to using art and community organizing as tools to increase engagement in the Baltimore community. DewMore Baltimore will assist in reviewing the students’ work to help Baltimore Center Stage’s artistic teams judge the spoken word poetry.
Young Playwrights Festival open call is now open. Interested students should visit https://www.centerstage.org/
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