Education and Workshops

Young Playwrights Project

The Santa Fe Playhouse has been a mainstay of Santa Fe’s theater community for almost 100 years and in 2019 we are proud to launch a new program—the Young Playwrights’ Project (YPP)—as the cornerstone of our educational outreach.

The objective of the YPP project—a focused course in playwriting leading to performance—is to use theater as a tool to serve at-risk and underserved children in the Santa Fe area. Under the instructor guidance of theater professionals Marguerite Louise Scott and Quinn Fontaine, the program is designed to engage and expand the children’s literacy, life skills, attitudes towards learning, and means of expression.

YPP PROGRAMMING:
Improvisation & Introduction to Playwriting, January 5 – 26, 2019
Young Playwrights Project: Southside Library, February 25 – April 1, 2019
Young Playwrights Project: La Farge Library, April 3 – May 8, 2019

YPP MISSION:
The mission of the Santa Fe Playhouse Young Playwrights Project is to take the successful model and structure of the original 52nd St Project in New York City (www.52project.org) and mold it to serve at risk, underserved and unheard youth (ages 8 and up) in the Santa Fe area, using theater and a focused course in playwriting leading to performance as tools to engage and help expand the youth’s means of expression and to improve their literacy, their life skills, and their attitudes towards learning.

YPP GOALS:

1) Provide the students a creative outlet to express their own original voices through playwriting and acting, developing their individual skills and stretching their imaginations and skill sets.

2) Give the students the structured support of a creative community where all their voices are valued and honored, and the opportunities to grow and mature within that creative community.

3) Encourage the students to have fun while learning in a safe, supportive environment among peers and adult professionals.

YPP COST:
There is no cost to those attending the Young Playwrights Program. Funds are raised for paid staff, theater operating expenses, and administrative costs through grants, fundraising, and donations.

“The 52nd St Project is about making children proud of themselves. The Project is not about teaching children to act, although they will learn to. It is not about teaching them to write plays, although they will learn that as well. What it is about is giving a kid an experience of success. It is about giving a kid an opportunity to prove that he or she has something of value to offer, something that comes from within that he or she alone possesses, something that cannot be taken away.” – From the 52nd St Project

YPP PART ONE: ON-SITE PLAYWRITING WORKSHOPS
A six-week program in conjunction with a local organization that serves at risk, underserved and unheard kids and teens. Age participation in this track is flexible according to the needs and ages of the clients served within the non-profit.

Depending on the organization’s choice, the once or twice weekly, two-hour sessions will take place at the organization’s location or at the Santa Fe Playhouse facilities. Those attending the workshops will be led through a structured program, based on the 52nd Street Projects replication guidelines, creating plays addressing their own concerns, ideas, beliefs, fears, hopes and dreams. Using the creative, structured environment as a safe place to express themselves and empower their voices, and culminating in an invited presentation of the plays they’ve created. There would be no cost to the participants nor the non-profit organization. Notebooks and pens will be provided.

YPP PART TWO: FROM STAGE PLAY TO SCREENPLAY WITH NM FILM FOUNDATION MENTORS
Each participant who completes the six-week program of either track will have the opportunity to be mentored by a writer who is a designated New Mexico Film Foundation Volunteer Mentor and have their screenplay read aloud by professional actors at an event in Summer 2019.

YPP INSTRUCTORS

Marguerite Louise Scott (Administrator and Educator) is a playwright and actress who has worked with children, teens, low-income women, and homeless shelter groups leading workshops which created theater and/or stories to empower their voices. In May, 2018, her recent full-length play, Flight Plan, was workshopped and produced at the Santa Fe Playhouse, directed by Christine McHugh of New Mexico Women in Film. Flight Plan was also read at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska in June, 2018. Marguerite initiated and facilitated the creation of a 52nd Street Replication Project with Coyote Theatre, Boston, MA. She is a member of The Dramatist Guild of America.

Quinn Fontaine (Educator) is a proud transgender male with a background in all things expressive—stand-up, sketch and improvisational comedy, installation work, and found object sculpture. He began his studies in Communications Media at Simmons College in Boston and continued his education studying Performance/Video at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. He went on to star in the independent feature, Some Prefer Cake, and also co-wrote, co-produced and co-starred with the sketch comedy troupe Nude Coffee, playing venues throughout the United States and Europe, most notably Edinburgh’s International Fringe Festival.

Quinn’s first-ever one person show, Learning to Stay, was selected for fellowship with The Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship. His second solo show, aptly titled Kathleen Fontaine: The Man, the Mystery, played to sold out audiences and his book, Hung Like a Seahorse: A Real-Life Transgender Adventure of Tragedy, Comedy and Recovery, is an international bestseller. The companion piece/solo show, Hung Like a Seahorse: The Show+Tell Version, has received rave reviews.

Join Marguerite Louise Scott and Quinn Fontaine for Improvisation & Introduction to Playwriting workshops, a special introduction to the Santa Fe Playhouse’s Young Playwrights Project.

Dates:
Four Saturdays in January 2019: January 5, January 12, January 19 and January 26 (Come to one workshop, two, three, or all four!)

Time:
Each workshops runs 2:00-4:00pm

Available to:
Anyone 21 and under

Location:
Santa Fe Playhouse Rehearsal Hall
3218 Calle Marie, Unit B
Santa Fe, NM 87507

RSVP: ypp@santafeplayhouse.org

What to Expect:
Each workshop begins with a warm up, to get those creative juices flowing with fun improv exercises that help us connect to ourselves and each other. We then put pen to paper with various writing assignments to explore creating characters, monologues, and scenes.

Payment:
The workshops are offered free via The Young Playwright Project.

Santa Fe kids aged 8 to 12 years old! Participate in the Young Playwrights Project at the Santa Fe Southside Library!

Under the instructor guidance of theater professionals Quinn Fontaine and Marguerite Louise Scott, dive into Improvisation, Theater Games, Creating Scenes and Characters, and developing Character Monologues.

WHAT: Young Playwrights Project at Southside Library

WHEN:
Monday afternoons, 3:30–5:00pm
February 25 – April 1, 2019

WHO:
Children aged 8 to 12 years old

WHERE:
Santa Fe Public Library–Southside Branch, Community Room
6599 Jaguar Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87507

HOW MUCH:
FREE!

MORE:
If you have questions or need more information contact ypp@santafeplayhouse.org or call Marguerite at 505-795-0739.

Santa Fe kids aged 8 to 12 years old! Participate in the Young Playwrights Project at the Santa Fe La Farge Library!

Under the instructor guidance of theater professionals Quinn Fontaine and Marguerite Louise Scott, dive into Improvisation, Theater Games, Creating Scenes and Characters, and developing Character Monologues.

WHAT: Young Playwrights Project at La Farge Library

WHEN:
Wednesday afternoons, 3:30–5:00pm
April 3 – May 8, 2019

WHO:
Children aged 8 to 12 years old

WHERE:
Santa Fe Public Library–La Farge Branch, Community Room
1730 Llano St, Santa Fe, NM 87505

HOW MUCH:
FREE!

MORE:
If you have questions or need more information contact ypp@santafeplayhouse.org or call Marguerite at 505-795-0739.