Fall Youth Acting Workshop Students to Perform New Plays


Although we won’t be able to have students in the theatre this fall, classes will still be held online for two hours a week.  We are embracing this new format by producing seven online performances using the 2020 Young Playwrights selections.  All students in the Fall Youth Acting Workshop will rehearse and perform these exciting new plays. 

"This is such a great opportunity for both our young actors and young playwrights!" according to GSC Education Director Heidi Dallin, " Following the tremendous success of the virtual production of Tyler Dwiggins' SubText  we produced this summer in the NeverDark season featuring our teen students, producing our young playwrights work and featuring students from the acting program seemed like a perfect merging of talents. These young actors get the opportunity to create characters in world premiere plays and the playwrights get the opportunity for their plays to be produced! So exciting!!"

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops is a professional training program designed to provide young people with an outlet to nurture their creative potential through developing self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills to use in their daily life as well as introducing them to the skills necessary for professional theater.

A thrilling lineup of seven short plays written during the Young Playwrights Workshop will be performed online by this Fall Acting Class. Starting with an audition bootcamp and including classes in mastering dialects, script analysis from the page to the zoom stage, vocal production and acting for the zoom stage, this fast-paced rehearsal and instruction schedule fits into just six weeks before the students’ filmed performance.

The Performance Workshop runs October 5 through November 12:  Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00 - 5:00pm on zoom. The Workshop is open to all students under 18 years old.  Reduced Price Tuition of $145 (regularly $250).  Scholarships available for those with financial need.

Led by Education Director Heidi Dallin and welcoming guest directors and former GSC apprentices: Danvers' Sarah Vandewalle, Newburyport's Alexis Rappaport and Kentucky's Liana Genoud as well as Gloucester's Billy Burgoyne and Newburyport's Stephen Faria.

The seven plays chosen for the were written during the GSC Young Playwrights Workshop taught by Newburyport's Deirdre Girard in June.  A selection committee read the record-breaking number of plays submitted by the young playwrights for the Fall Showcase and the top seven plays were selected for production.

The plays selected are: DEATH BY .... by Jackson Altieri; 7 MINUTES     by Naia Gibson

CATS GOT TALENT by Nathan Gorman-Melo; STUCK IN SPACE   by Scarlet Lee; THE UNBELIEVABLE  by C.M.; ALLEGIANCE by Morgan Reilly; and CHOOSING TO TALK by James West.

deirdre girard, stephen faria, scarlet lee, nathan gorman-melo, gsc education director, naia gibson, liana genoud, sarah vandewalle, morgan reilly, billy burgoyne, alexis rappaport, james west, heidi dallin, gloucester, newburyport, gloucester stage company