How the Manhattan Theater Club is encouraging student and adult writers to get creative during the COVID-19 crisis

Although its Broadway and Off-Broadway stages may be temporarily closed, the Manhattan Theater Club has continued to engage with its young and adult audiences through its online education platform.

MTC is continuing its TheatreLink project, which guides students from partner schools to study and create theater together remotely, with virtual readings of their plays throughout May (readings began in April). Additionally, Write Now!, an after-school playwriting program for high school students, meets weekly via Zoom. Virtual readings of student plays will also take place this month with professional comedians.

TCM Student Monologue Challenge, which invites young theater makers to write a one-minute monologue, received nearly 300 entries from across the country. Students are encouraged to respond to the prompt, “There is something I need to tell you.” MTC shares selected monologues weekly on its website and through its social media channels.

For its adult writers, teachers and students, MTC has launched the Family Playwriting Workshop Series. The series is made up of video modules that guide writers through the creative process, including Creating Strong Characters, Dramatic Openings, and Dramatic Conflict, among others. Additionally, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Auburn (Proof) shares insight into his writing process and provides practical advice for anyone looking to write a play.

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