Create an original theatrical work in 5 days!
Young Playwrights mentored by Professional Playwrights.
Young Directors mentored by Professional Directors.
Age 13-18. 3 separate 1-week labs August 8-26. Tuition free.
Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center.
The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts have generously sponsored Spinning Tree Theatre's 2022 Young Playwrights and Directors Lab. Our 2nd annual lab offers opportunities for youth with disabilities and without disabilities to practice playwriting and/or directing in a safe, nurturing, process-focused workshop. Young artists are mentored by Kansas City's finest adult professional directors and playwrights.
Each year, at least one piece will be chosen for further development and given full production later that season on the Spinning Tree mainstage. The 2021 selection, ICARUS FLEW by Ellie Freeman and mentor Vanessa Severo, was produced April 29-May 8, 2022.
Friends of Spinning Tree at every level were invited to watch an hour of the 2022 lab! They were able to witness the genesis of an original theatrical work.
Join Friends of Spinning Tree today and get an insiders' peek at 2023's creative process!
Playwright Frank Higgins
Director Carla Noack
Young Playwright Nicholas May
Young Director Cecilia Miller
Playwright Cynthia Hardeman
Director Shawna Peña-Downing
Young Playwright M.J. Bradshaw
Young Director Max Xoca
Playwright Victor Wishna
Director Julie Shaw
Young Playwright Riley Martin