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Welcome to Write Local. Play Global.

We want to hear from you!  Membership is free and open to all - playwrights, directors, dramaturgs, educators, administrators, students - anyone who values plays for young audiences.

Write Local. Play Global. is the ASSITEJ playwrights network.

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Monday
Nov192012

On adapting a sprawling young adult novel about the Civil War

WLPG member playwright Tom Isbell talks about adapting Rodman Philbrick's Newbery Honor Book 'The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg.

Video interview with Tom

 

Monday
Nov192012

Readings of new plays for young audiences in Cape Town

Two new plays created from very exciting 'Inspiring a Generation' program, a collaborative project between Theater Arts Admin Collective and ASSITEJ South Africa

More information on ASSITEJ South Africa's Facebook page

Monday
Nov192012

The Path (Lindsay Price, USA) 

I am a professional playwright. I make a living writing plays. But I haven’t had a professional production in seven years. I write plays for the school market and student performers.
 
For many years I avoided saying the above out loud, in public. “I write for the school market.” I didn’t want to admit to the kind of plays I write because I felt there was the stigma to writing for youth. For kids. It’s not real writing. It’s not writing “real” plays.

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Thursday
Nov152012

CINARS honors Suzanne Lebeau

During the evening event marking the opening of its biennale, the Confénce internationale des arts de la scè (CINARS) celebrated the extraordinary international career of playwright Suzanne Lebeau, who has devoted her professional life to the theatre and young audiences, by awarding her its Prix hommage. Suzanne Lebeau is among the most-performed Quebec playwrights throughout the world, with more than 140 productions on five continents and a repertoire translated into 20 languages.

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Friday
Oct262012

The PlayGround Theatre rebranded as Miami Theater Center

After eight successful years of producing live theater for South Florida children, The PlayGround Theatre and founding artistic director Stephanie Ansin announced the rebranding of the company as Miami Theater Center (MTC). Defining the new direction as MTC assumes new challenges, Ansin plans to expand its programming to include a variety of live performances, film series and educational programs for children and adults. An official launch of the expanded company is planned for the fall as it kicks off the 2012-13 season.

“Many South Florida children have grown up going to PlayGround Theatre shows,” said Ansin. “As we raise the bar to the next level organizationally and artistically under MTC, we continue our mission by offering our community the opportunity to make the arts a major part of their lives well into adulthood. With the evolution of MTC we look forward to contributing to Miami’s cultural expansion and to making a serious impact on the city’s artistic evolution.” 

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Saturday
Oct202012

Theatre Centre launches skylines; a national programme for playwrights writing for young audiences (UK)

Natalie Wilson, Theatre Artistic Director introducing Skylines (credit: Camilla Greenwell)Saturday 8 September marked the launch of Skylines; a national professional development programme for playwrights wanting to write for young audiences. Over 40 participants, facilitators and Theatre Centre staff attended the Skylines Gathering at Platform, Islington in London to meet, discuss and debate around the theme of writing for young audiences.

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Thursday
Oct112012

Call for TYA Scripts from The Growing Stage, The Children's Theatre of New Jersey

Our Playwright Series is a wonderful opportunity for artists to have their unpublished works presented before an audience, in a play reading scenario, by a cast consisting of both professional and amateur actors on two separate occasions during our 2012/2013 season. 

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Saturday
Sep222012

Announcing WLPG Shorts (Cleveland): Unexpected Connections

WLPG Shorts (Cleveland): Unexpected Connections is a collaborative project between Write Local. Play Global. and Theater for Young Audiences/USA toward the creation of original 1,000 word plays from emerging playwrights on the theme of "Culture Clash: Unexpected Collisions and Connections".  The selected plays will be presented as readings on May 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio, at the One Theatre World conference, held in conjunction with the Cleveland International Children's Festival.

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Saturday
Sep222012

WLPG Featured Playwrights - Willy Conley (USA), Mercy Mirembe Ntangaare, (Uganda) and Karin Serres (France)

From time to time we like to feature some of our member playwrights.  We've recently managed to gather short interviews with three very exciting writers, all of whom write for both young audiences and adults.

And at the end of their interviews, each has posed a question for other practitioners.  We encourage everyone to join in the conversation!

Click on the name of the playwright to read the interviews:

US Playwright Willy Conley

Ugandan Playwright Mercy Mirembe Ntangaare

French Playwright Karin Serres

Thursday
Sep062012

'The Creation of a National New Works in Translation Network' by Adam Versenyi

A provocation. A proposal. And a plea.

The provocation: What would happen if we were to think of new translations of plays, both classical and contemporary, into English the same way that we think of new plays written in English? Talk to theater practitioners throughout Latin American and Europe and they will frequently tell you how deeply their own practice was affected by the theatrical translations that they have seen and read. Talk to audience members in those regions and they will tell you how much their notions of what the theater is has been formed by work in translation.

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