EOI: Mighty Playwrights

On behalf of Goulburn Mulwaree Library regarding the upcoming ‘Mighty Playwrights’ project.

Goulburn Mulwaree Library have received grant funding through Festivals Australia to run a mentoring project from October 2018-March 2019.

They are looking to engage a number of professional arts practitioners in the region to work in a number of roles in the project:

  • Mentors (writers, storytellers, actors, illustrators etc.) for primary aged children in the region to assist them to develop and write their play scripts
  • Actors to perform the plays at the Reader Writer Festival in March next year
  • Theatre technicians to assist with the performance

Essentially, the project is a mentoring program with children (Years 4 to 5) in the community where they will work collaboratively with writers, illustrators, story tellers, and actors and directors, to create their own story/script, about issues that are important to them and using their own words and language. Their stories will then be brought to life on stage by adult actors as part of our BookFest Reader Writer Festival in March next year. The outcomes are all about encouraging young people to find their voices and learn that their voices matter and should be taken seriously. It increases confidence, promotes healthy self-expression, and of course improves literacy as well. There are lots of opportunities for broad community involvement in the program as well, including a tour to local schools to perform the shows and run workshops, and working with arts practitioners in the region etc.

The original program is an American one, and you can see the details here:

https://www.youngstorytellers.com/story/

https://www.youngstorytellers.com/volunteer/

https://youtu.be/UlsrW4-qir8

https://youtu.be/UC2h2eegBpg

Expressions of Interest are now open for people with an understanding of theatre, writing dialogue, creating characters and script writing who have an interest in mentoring a Yr 4/5 student who would be nominated by their school to develop and write a short play script. Mentoring sessions will be held in the library throughout term 4 (approximately one per week). For more information or to apply please contact [email protected].

Applications should include: Name and contact details, a short Bio, CV and WWC and should be submitted by Mon 23 September to [email protected].

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