School of Theatre and Dance
Shades of Blue cast onstage

Young Playwrights Project

The Young Playwrights Project, through the support of by a leadership grant provided by BB & T, provides selected elementary, middle and high school classes with opportunities to develop playwriting and theatre arts skills while working with School of Theatre and Dance faculty and students in the classroom. "Spark and Flame," "Lighted Torch" and "Firelight" titles of the initiatives providing for the continued outreach to schools in arts education, have allowed students from surrounding schools including Beaufort Ed Tech High School and John Cotton Tayloe Elementary School in Beaufort County, Belvoir Elementary School, Ayden- Grifton High School, and Farmville Middle School in Pitt County to work with not only School of Theatre and Dance faculty and staff, but guest artists/authors as well. Over 700 students have benefited from presentations made by guest children's books authors and artists and approximately 100 students have strengthened literacy, playwriting, theatre arts, leadership and presentation skills through the class sessions delivered by SoTD faculty and students.