Come puzzle and collaborate with friends to write your own play (and see it performed!) This semester, Story Stage will lead young playwrights through 11 sessions of our award-winning curriculum, designed by Rebekah Carlile, M.Ed., M.A., CCC-SLP. Our program, built on a unique foundation of educational neuroscience, theater, and language, uses playwriting as an engaging context for teaching important social language skills. At the end of the semester there will be an empowering celebration of each playwright's original work, and will feature professional and college aged actors bringing your child's play to life!


THE FIRST 4 CLASSES FOCUS ON SKILL BUILDING:

If we are focusing on social/pragmatic skill building, we might target things like:

  • How to give and receive feedback

  • Make relevant comments to build conversations

  • Understand different perspectives

  • Recognize big versus little problems

  • Know how to "read the room" (understand body language, tone of voice, and sarcasm)

If we are focusing on narrative/expressive/receptive skill building, we might target:

  • Expressive language skills like describing, categorizing, and elaborating on how things are the same versus different.

  • Story building skills like sequencing a story, and including transitions so that folks can follow your plot.

  • Extracting meaning from stories read and heard by building inferencing, prediction, and cause/effect understanding skills.


THE REMAINING CLASSES GIVE EVERYONE A VOICE TO TELL THEIR OWN STORIES:

This is where we reverse-engineer the writing process, and create an active workshop to practice all of those skills we taught in weeks one through four. Each week we will focus on 2 student plays; but if it's not the day for your play to be workshopped, don't think you are off the hook! We need you to puzzle, improvise, act-it-out, revise, and collaborate until everyone has a play. We bring props and costumes to add to the fun of building character perspectives, motivations, and plot lines. And, by the way, all ideas are student produced...that means we don't tell you what your play is about. This process is guided by what resonates with your child...ocean animals, photography, race cars, homework blues, baking. We've helped kids write plays that find their voice about every topic you can imagine! All the while, this process provides the context for guided practice using the very important skills we built in sessions one through four.