A specially designed 1 to 1 mentored playwriting program.
A group of young people, each paired with a mentor actor or writer, participate in a fun progressive series of intensive playwriting workshops led by Master Artist Thomas Dean Kellogg. With a core emphasis on the importance of the young person’s dreams and aspirations, Kellogg’s method introduces fundamental playwriting tools that explore the use of metaphor, the creation of characters through sensory and emotional work, monologue, dramatic storytelling, and theme. The young people are taught to examine the dynamics of conflict, and write plays where crisis, urgency, and possible consequences are explored.
The process culminates in public staged presentations of the young writers’ original plays by professional actors.
By providing youth centered arts programming, the MAPP program has a ripple effect on whole communities, including peers, educators, parents, and leaders. Hundreds of youth have written plays in the MAPP mentored workshops. In the process they are enhancing their literacy skills, developing self esteem, and participating in the community at large.