The Dwight/Edgewood Project (D/EP) is a community engagement program of Yale Rep and David Geffen School of Drama for middle school-aged students from Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School, a K-8 school located on the edge of the Dwight and Edgewood neighborhoods in New Haven. The sixth- and seventh-graders are paired with mentors from the Geffen School to write their own plays. The month-long program begins in late May, culminating in fully produced plays performed by the Yale mentors and presented virtually for the New Haven community in late June.
WILL POWER! is Yale Rep’s annual educational initiative, designed to bring middle and high school students to see live theater. Since our 2003–04 season, WILL POWER! has served more than 20,000 Connecticut students and educators. In 2021–22, we will offer programming centered on Choir Boy and Between Two Knees to New Haven Public Schools students and educators. In previous seasons, the program has included early school-time matinees, free or heavily subsidized tickets, study guides, and post-performance discussions with actors and members of the creative teams. WILL POWER! is committed to giving teachers curricular support through free workshops and professional development about the content and themes of the plays.
Educators may contact Amy Boratko at 203.436.9098 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August Wilson Monologue Competition
Long Wharf Theatre, in collaboration with Yale Repertory Theatre, hosts the New Haven Regional August Wilson Monologue Competition. High school participants throughout CT, but primarily in the Greater New Haven Area, compete to win an all-expense paid trip to the National Competition in New York City, where they perform on a Broadway stage, see a Broadway play, and have the chance to win college scholarships.
The goal of the competition is to build partnerships with schools and theatres across the United States, and to create educational materials about August Wilson that allow students to connect these important theatre works with educational curricula like history, social studies and literature. This monologue competition offers students of all races the opportunity to inhabit the lives and speak the words of these vital, lively characters.
— Todd Kreidler, Former Associate Artistic Director, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company
Tiffany Villarin in peerless by Jiehae Park, directed by Margot Bordelon. scenic design by Christopher Thompson, costumes by Sydney Gallas, lighting by Oliver Wason, sound design and original music by Sinan Refik Zafar, projections by Shawn Boyle, technical direction by Sean K. Williams, and stage management by Victoria Whooper. Photo © Joan Marcus, 2015.
Dwight/Edgewood Project photo by Emalie Mayo.
WILL POWER! photo by Marguerite Elliott.
2020 August Wilson Monologue Competition photo courtesy of Long Wharf Theatre.
Yale Repertory Theatre photo © T. Charles Erickson.