…to place for student authors to contemplate performance as an artistic and cultural practice; to ask questions about the impact of stage representation on who we are and where we live; to celebrate the stage as a place that demands our engagement in ideas and stories that matter.

The Writing Stage asks student writers to recognize and acknowledge the ways in which their language reaches a public audience. As a theatre educator, I’ve watched students pour hours and hours into a performing monologue on stage, exploring a character’s given circumstances and motivations with a wide range of acting choices involving variations of movement, facial expression, and vocal tone, tempo, and register. Yet, some of the same students grow frustrated at the revision and editing process necessary to writing, of finding the right words in the right combination to communicate their ideas on the page. To help student writers give their readership the same thoughtful attention and respect as an actor would give their audience is the goal of The Writing Stage.

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