Community playwriting program links Allston kids with A.R.T.

March 19, 2013 at 10:05 am

Over four weeks, Brendan Shea, American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) education and community programs associate, worked with members of the Harvard Allston Education Portal, instructing them on the dynamics and challenges of writing a single-scene play. In writing their scripts, the groups of students first discussed the components of a play, such as character development, plot, and conflict. They then traveled to the park and let their imaginations do the rest.

The A.R.T. program is part of a budding arts effort at the Ed Portal, which tripled its size in the fall and has been steadily expanding its community programming since. The A.R.T. also began a fairy tale workshop at the Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston this spring and has partnered with the Ed Portal to give out discounted tickets for A.R.T. performances to Allston-Brighton residents.

“We want to share the best of Harvard with Allston and that certainly includes the A.R.T.,” said Robert Lue, faculty director for the Ed Portal, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology, and faculty director of HarvardX. “Their programs have a long history of inspiring learners of all ages through shared passion and creativity, which are exactly the kinds of experiences that further strengthen the links between Harvard and the community.”

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