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Published on Sep 14, 2011
PBS - WEDU featured Florida Studio Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival and WRITE A PLAY program during a 2008 documentary feature.
Since 1991, WRITE A PLAY, an arts-in-education initiative, has introduced thousands of students to professional theatre and provided them with the skills and motivation to create original plays. High energy, interactive performances, workshops and long-term residencies inspire children's creativity, bolster their communication and literary skills, and instill in them an appreciation of the arts. Students are encouraged to write from their own point of view and in doing so, they create diverse plays such as No War Can Tear Our Love Apart, a touching tale of the love between a father and daughter, and Oh La La! Jasper and Hedgy Get Married, an absurdist tale of a friendly ghost and his darling hedgehog.
Now in its 20th year, the WRITE A PLAY program reaches over 55,000 students each year in Florida, Scotland, China, Russia and Israel. Since the inception of WRITE A PLAY, this unique program has impacted more than one million children. Teaching children to write, FST's WRITE A PLAY program has not only inspired young creative minds, it has also increased reading and writing scores in the program's participants.