PLAYWRITING WITH YOUNG ADULTS

Students in grades 7-12 will meet Core Standards in drama (create, perform/present/produce, respond, and connect). This one-of-a-kind tool, available through our In the Classroom program, strengthens students' writing skills and helps them create and perform their own work. The curriculum is easily adaptable to support any other subject or class project.

CURRICULUM AND LESSON PLANS

Download the full curriculum, including lesson plans, in English.

Download the full curriculum, including lesson plans, in Spanish.

Listen to the audio recording of the curriculum below in English.

Please email Education Coordinator Sharah Meservy to enroll in our online training course (4 hours) for educators.

FREE PLAYWRITING RESIDENCIES

SY25: Our first year-long residency with students in grades 9-12 at Utah International Charter School with the goal of expanding the course to 7+ hours of learning time so that it can be endorsed by and included in MIDAS (Massively Integrated Data Analytics System), Utah State Board of Education's online database of professional development and learning materials for teachers and LEAs.

SY24: A two-month residency with students in grades 7-8 at Utah International Charter School in Salt Lake City culminated in a series of short, original plays performed at the Living Traditions Festival.

SY24: A four-month residency with students in grades 9-12 at City Academy (charter) in Salt Lake City culminated in a series of short, original plays performed as an open-to-the-public, semester-ending student showcase.

SY23: A three-month residency with eighth graders at the Open Classroom, Salt Lake City School District, culminated in a series of short, original plays performed as the school play by students in grades 5-8 under the umbrella THE PROBLEM WITH MONEY, WAR, TACO TRUCKS, DRAGONS, AND DENIAL.

SY22: Twenty-nine plays were submitted (1-5 pages long, created by 140 student playwrights at three schools in three LEAs). Twelve were selected through an anonymous review process to be performed and filmed as staged readings by Conservatory students at Youth Theatre at the U. The 52 selected playwrights represent three schools in three LEAs and the Conservatory students represent one elementary, one middle, and six high schools in three LEAs. Enjoy the videos on the Youth Theatre at the U website!

SY21: Twenty-one plays were submitted (1-5 pages long, created by 47 student playwrights at six schools in four LEAs). All of them were performed and filmed as staged readings by Conservatory students at Youth Theatre at the U (representing one middle and four high schools in three LEAs). Enjoy the videos on the Youth Theatre at the U website!


Special thanks to Penny Caywood.