Arts of the Pamlico launches online playwriting for kids

Published 5:23 pm Thursday, April 2, 2020

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The Arts of the Pamlico’s BRAVO! kids program has launched a new online arts venue for youth ages 6-18.

Online Playwriting for Kids is hosted by Erin Staebell, theater coordinator at the Arts of the Pamlico, which is based at its historic Turnage Theatre in downtown Washington. We hope this will be the first in a series of playwriting workshops that provide youth and families with a low-cost connection to the arts in their community.

Each session is divided by age. This week’s theme is Nature and Animals and will be held at separate times, as shown below.

  • Session 1 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., ages 6-10
  • Session 2 – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., ages 11-14
  • Session 3 – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., ages 15-18

Each group will work together to create plays during the classes, based on adaptations of folktales and/or plays from original stories. Each sessions’ participants will work together to decide the important events in folktales and also brainstorm original ideas. Older participants will dive deeper into the creation of characters, dialogue and story arcs. Each session will end with a reading of the play. There is also the possibility of an afternoon or evening of staged readings at a later date.

Each session is limited to five participants. If there is a significant interest in one age group, more sessions will be added as time permits.

The cost for five, one-hour sessions is $15 for those with an AOP Family Membership/$20 for Non-Family Membership, via PayPal.

Want to learn more about upcoming workshops? Email Erin at

Don’t miss a thing! Support the arts and stay up to date about events by becoming a member of AOP. To become a member or renew your membership, visit The Arts of the Pamlico is located at 150 W. Main St. in Washington.

Art Beat shares information about programs and efforts of your regional arts council, Arts of the Pamlico, and arts events at the Turnage Theatre and across Beaufort County. AOP presents and supports the provision of arts programming for the community and region.

Debra Torrence is the executive director of Arts of the Pamlico.