REACHING THE WRITE MINDS - Teen Playwriting Workshop Saturday July 30th, 10AM - 3PM

The Coterie, first floor of Crown Center, 2450 Grand Boulevard


To give a voice to emerging young writers, The Coterie Theatre is offering a teen playwriting seminar in the 2016 KC Fringe Festival, based on Coterie Artistic Director Jeff Church's acclaimed program that he originated at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Students will learn to create settings, devise scenarios, and build characters. Upon completion of this seminar with a Coterie professional playwright/facilitator, young playwrights will have devised a beginning scenario for a complete play and will have several fully written scenes. Following this seminar, participants may be selected to develop their plays at the Coterie's Young Playwrights' Roundtable.


Teen Playwriting Workshop

The workshop is FIVE HOURS long.  It will start at 10:00am and end at 3:00pm.  The workshop will be held at The Coterie, first floor of Crown Center (2450 Grand Boulevard, KCMO).  Available for grades 7-12 only.  The workshop will be led by professional stage and screen actor, educator, and Coterie Theatre Master Acting class instructor Nancy Marcy.


Students should bring:

  •         Notebook paper
  •         Pen and/or Pencil
  •         A snack for themselves
  •         A water bottle or beverage
  •         A sack lunch or money to purchase lunch at Crown Center

There is a $10 Registration fee. This includes entrance to the workshop and a festival button.


Register here:



Teens on the Fringe

Teens on the Fringe will be featuring performances by spoken word artists from KC Poet Tree, dancers and choreographers from Street Style Dancing and the City in Motion's Children’s Dance Theater & Apprentice Company. We will also be featuring short films from the Blue Valley Schools’ Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program and Reel Spirit Young Filmmakers.

Saturday, July 23rd from 7pm - 9pm at the Kansas City Public Library: Plaza Branch, Truman Forum

Come join us for a few hours of spoken word, music, singing, dancing, film and anything else we can think up! And along with performing there will also be a visual art exhibit to enjoy.

But that's not all!  There will be teasers of 2015 Fringe Festival shows that feature teen talent including Perform Out KC's show "Umbrellas", the Coterie's production of the award winning drama, "I AND YOU" and a piece from "Words + Music Showcase" which is a collaborative project of the  Lyric Opera of Kansas City, The Coterie Theatre’s Young Playwright’s Roundtable and UMKC’s Composition Department, Academy and Composers in the Schools program. 

And as you walk in and settle into your seats before the show starts you will enjoy music by the band "Close Up Magic."
Last but certainly not least on display for the month of July we will have artwork from Brianna Derickson, Daisy Escamilla and Arts Tech artists.