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“I loved 3Thursdays. It was absolutely spectacular. I got to pitch my idea to an actual director, get constructive feedback, have it read by my peers in front of my peers, get constructive feedback and then finally get it read by ACTUAL ACTORS in front of a bunch of people like it was a legitimate work, a legitimate play; it was just awesome. Everything I could’ve wanted. Oh, and also tons of candy.” – Ben
“I think my favorite thing about 3Thursdays was the sense of community and comfort. During the three weeks, I met and got to know some students I had never known, and I met the amazing Naked Angels staff. I rarely share my work with anyone, but I felt comfortable sharing knowing that everyone else was currently or had been in the same shoes as me.” – Meg
In 2010, Naked Angels company member Jean Marie McKee had an idea to bring public high school students and playwriting together. In collaboration with the Naked Angels staff, an innovative and dynamic creative writing program was born and named 3Thursdays.
The first 3Thursdays program took place during the spring semester of 2011 with Stuyvesant High School. Very quickly, the program attracted students from nearby Millennium High School. Today, due to the generosity of our donors, 3Thursdays remains free of charge and now welcomes students from all NYC public high schools.
In keeping with Naked Angels’ focus on the writer, 3Thursdays allows high school students to boldly and freely express themselves while developing work for the stage. The workshops are dedicated to challenging and supporting students to expand their writing and interpersonal skills while giving free reign to their imaginations. Students collaborate with their peers and theater professionals, gaining confidence, courage, and inspiration. Meeting their deadlines and bravely putting their work on stage, students discover the power of their words, hard work and creativity.
And it all happens in just three consecutive Thursdays! Students meet with Naked Angels’ excellent and experienced teaching artists on the first day. They engage in writing exercises and theater games, learn how to format a play and share their writing and ideas. On the second Thursday, students have their work heard by a guest artist (usually a playwright or director) and receive encouraging feedback. On the final day the student writers meet at the theater and have an opportunity to speak with the professional actors cast in their work. In front of an audience of friends, family and theater professionals, the students see their words come alive. 3Thursdays is a lot of fun.
3Thursdays is free to participants thanks to a generous grant from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.
For more information, please email 3Thursdays@nakedangels.com.