Write On

Write On


Write On 2017 Monday, February 13 | 7:30pm 942 Main St., 2nd Floor, Rehearsal Studio 2 Featuring: Heaven Knows by Christina Diaz Directed by Rachel Alderman  Coming Out by Alexis Burleigh Directed by Carolyn Kirsch Personally Noble by Skye Jarvis Directed by Hannah Simms Pumpkin Pie by Kate Ayers |Directed by Aurelia Clunie Eliza’s Artist by Laura Costello Directed by Jennifer Roberts FREE  - reservations encouraged Call (860) 520-7255 or email aclunie@hartfordstage.org to reserve tickets.

About the Playwrights

Kate Ayers is a sophomore at Wethersfield High School where she studies literature diligently. Outside of school, Kate spends her free time reading, writing, and being with her family. With a passion, and true appreciation for English and creative writing, she is excited to pursue more opportunities in the field she loves.

Alexis Burleigh is a student at Rockville High. She plays lacrosse as a goalie. She takes creative writing classes and has entered other contests and is waiting on the results. She likes to draw and color as a hobby. She plans to play lacrosse in college, so she spends most of her time on a field or in the gym. She also likes to watch stupid movies and eat pizza.

Laura Costello is a senior at Rockville High School. Her love for the arts began at a young age. She is currently taking a creative writing class taught by Victoria Nordlund where she has found a love for poetry. Laura has been accepted to Emmanuel College in Boston, MA and Lesley University in Cambridge, MA for their art therapy programs. This is her first time writing a play and working with the Hartford Stage. She is often looking for new things to try and is excited to be a part of the Write On workshop.

Christina Diaz is a sophomore at Rockville High School, and takes pride in being a part of the Rockville Creative Writers. She’s a New Jersey native who has a love for theatre, whether it’s writing plays or being in them. She is currently in her school’s student-written murder mystery as Princess Jasmine, and hopes to become a screenwriter after college. She’d like to thank her creative writing teacher, Mrs. Victoria Norlund, for consistently inspiring her day in and day out.

Skye Jarvis is a sophomore at Classical Magnet School. She has been doing plays at her school since the seventh grade. In her free time, Skye enjoys analyzing Shakespeare, reading poetry, and writing screenplays. Her other interests would include reading, directing, and attempting to be funny. The biggest goal in life for her is to write and perform skits for Saturday Night Live!

What is Write On?

Write On is Hartford Stage’s Annual Young Playwrights’ Competition and is open to all Connecticut residents in grades 9-12. From among these applicants, 5-6 are selected to participate in the program. The program is modeled on Hartford Stage’s new play development process, and Write On playwrights have the unique opportunity to learn about professional play development first-hand. Accepted students will work with a professional playwright to turn their ideas into ten-minute play scripts. Over the next few months, the playwright will lead students in intensive writing workshops held at Hartford Stage. The program will culminate with readings of the ten-minute plays performed by local actors and directed by professional directors who work closely with the young playwrights. (Middle School Students Click Here To Learn About Our Middle School Playwriting Contest.)

Writing Mentor

Kaneza Schaal

Playwright Kaneza Schaal

Kaneza Schaal is a New York City based artist. She came up in the downtown experimental theater community, first working with The Wooster Group, then with other companies and artists including Elevator Repair Service, Richard Maxwell/New York City Players, Claude Wampler, Jay Scheib, New York City Opera, and National Public Radio. Her practice is propelled by collaboration-based process and experimentation. Her work uses text as a jumping off point to create visual, physical, sonic, narrative and abstract expression.