The Dwight/Edgewood Project, presented by Yale Rep and Yale School of Drama, is an annual after-school program in which New Haven middle school students spend the month of June learning about theatre and writing original plays under the guidance of graduate student mentors from the School of Drama. The program, which aims to foster positive self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-respect, includes one-on-one mentoring, theatre games, numerous playwriting exercises, and an overnight retreat to Camp Wightman in Griswold, Connecticut. The program concludes with public performances of original one-act plays written by the middle school students, which are designed, directed, and performed by their Yale School of Drama mentors.
WILL POWER! is Yale Repertory Theatre’s annual educational initiative, designed to bring middle and high school students from New Haven and throughout the state of Connecticut to see live theatre. Yale Rep subsidizes the cost of admission for school groups and presents special school-time matinee performances. The program centers on students’ attendance of a Yale Rep production and includes a variety of components to enhance their theatre-going experience before and after the show, such as study guides and post-performance discussions with members of the company. Additionally, WILL POWER! offers free teacher workshops aimed at providing educators with multiple curricular connections to the plays and artists featured in the program.
Yale Rep will not produce a season of plays in 2020-21. To be added to our mailing list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Educators with questions about teacher workshops or curriculum support in the 2020-21 season may contact Amy Boratko at 203.436.9098 or email@example.com.
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.