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Teen Playwrighting

Greg and Verge Theater team up to offer teen playwrighting. The purpose of the class is to empower and support creativity in young people through hands-on collaboration and practical production.

Your teen will be encouraged and challenged to trust their creative ideas, to share their voice, and to support others!

Each class will meet weekly for nine weeks as student writers work individually and as a creative ensemble to contribute constructive critical feedback and encouragement to one another as they all progress toward a public staged reading of their newly created works.

Students will learn and participate in brainstorming exercises and gain experience testing and developing creative ideas, learning the etiquette of providing feedback in the development of other scripts.  They will also write and revise a short play and collaborate in casting and directing readings for public performance. 

No previous writing experience is necessary.  Some work outside of class is ideal but should not conflict with school or other activities.  Workshop activities touch upon several content standards in Theater Arts and ELA for grades 6-12, and the collaborative creative experience will feature many of the factors identified by the American Psychological Association as promoting resilience, (i.e. positive view of oneself, confidence in skills & abilities; skills in communication and problem-solving, etc.)


Winter session information

The winter session is open to middle schoolers (grades 6-8). But never fear, high school students! You will get a chance to take this awesome class in the spring!

When: Tuesdays, January 8th-March 5th at 5-6:30pm

Tuition is $150. (We offer scholarships!)


Meet the instructor…

A published playwright with multiple productions of his work around the United States over the past 30 years, Greg Owens earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree in Playwriting at Indiana University in the early 90s when the school was ranked among the top ten graduate theatre programs in the country.  The Chicago Tribune named his play The Life and Times of Tulsa Lovechild the Best Off-Loop Play of the Year in 2001 and it is in its 20th year of being produced by small theatres, universities and high schools throughout the country.  Tulsa, as well as the full-length play Home Front, and a collection of one acts, US Blues, are available through Broadway Play Publishing and his work has been included in anthologies from Smith & Kraus and Applause Books.  Greg has taught Playwriting and Theatre Production for Montana State University and for nine years was the executive director of the Bozeman Youth Initiative, mentoring youth-directed community projects, including BOB, the mobile greenhouse bus and dozens of all-ages music and arts events.  He currently works for the Montana Continuum of Care Coalition, supporting homeless service providers across the state.

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