Thursday, March 31, 2016

Madison Young Playwrights Take Center Stage!

New Plays from Madison Students, Touching Stories from Caregivers, and More
Madison Young Playwrights Take Center Stage!
Every Fall and Winter, our professional teaching artists go into Madison schools and teach local students how to write their very own plays. The children are taught about dramatic form and they study things like conflict, character traits, dialogue, and other literary elements that reinforce the concepts they're learning in their English and literature classes.

And, every Spring, we hire professional actors and directors to take the plays the students wrote and bring them to life on stage! Each school sees plays written by their own students and there is post-show recognition of all their hard work, including a certificate ceremony lead by our Director of Education, Jim DeVivo.

Well, it's that time again! This week we've already performed at two of the Madison elementary schools, Torey J Sabatini and Saint Vincent Martyr, and it was so wonderful to see the smiles and pride on the students' faces as they heard their peers laughing along with and clapping for their plays. Tomorrow, we'll be performing plays at Central Avenue and Kings Road elementary schools that were written by their students.
To make a reservation to see your student's play at Kings Road or Central Avenue Elementary, click here!
To find out more about our Madison Young Playwrights Program, click here!
Healing Voices
New Jersey Theatre Alliance and Atlantic Health System have come together to present Healing Voices OnStage: Caregivers Stories, a theatrical production weaving together stories about the experience of being a caregiver. Healing Voices OnStage is part of the Alliance’s Stages Festival, a month-long festival of theatre with dozens of free and low-cost theatre events throughout the state.

“The arts are an essential component to health, healing, and well-being,” said Maria Lupo, manager of the Healing Arts Program at Atlantic Health System. “In caregiving, there are aspects that are both unique to the individual and shared among many. Because it transcends the science of medicine, we felt these perspectives could make a compelling subject for performance art.”

The Alliance identified two theatres, Writers Theatre of New Jersey and Premiere Stages, and worked with Atlantic Health System to collect stories from professional caregivers, as well as from members of the general public who had a personal story to share.

John Pietrowski (Writers Theatre's Artistic Director) and John Wooten (Artistic Director of Premiere Stages) worked to turn the caregivers' stories into scripts that will be performed at The Bickford Theatre in Morristown tonight, March 31st, at 7 PM. The event is free and open to the public. To register, please call: 1-800-247-9580.
For more information, click here!

The Black Maria Film Festival Returns to Madison!
On April 1st at 8 PM, the Black Maria Film Festival returns to Madison! The presentation will be in The Chase Room at the Madison Public Library, and is sponsored by the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance.

The program features a collection of the Festival’s award-winning short films including animation, narrative, experimental, and documentary. Festival director Jane Steuerwald will present the program in person, and host a Q & A with the audience.

The Black Maria Film Festival has generous support from New Jersey City University, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs and Tourism. The Festival showcases the works of highly accomplished independent filmmakers and is a project of the Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium, an independent non-profit organization in residence at New Jersey City University’s Department of Media Arts.

The festival was founded in 1981 as a tribute to Thomas Edison’s development of the motion picture at his laboratory, dubbed the “Black Maria” film studio, the first in the world, in West Orange, NJ. The Black Maria Film Festival has been awarded the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Citation for Excellence for eight consecutive years. Each program on the tour is custom curated so each evening is a unique event.

To make a reservation, click here!

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