Mission: to share stories from our youth that uplift the human spirit, challenge the mind, and honor both our individuality and our shared humanity.
Stage Write student leadership and workforce readiness program is a project through which Richmond City High School and Middle School students will have the opportunity to write and perform stories that are relevant to their lives and the issues they face. The goal is to help them build the confidence they need to become productive members of the adult world. Through performing arts training, we will improve life skills needed in today’s workforce: speaking and standing with confidence, maintaining eye contact, using appropriate diction, identifying interests, strengths, and weaknesses, and an ability to articulate these things. We will also develop workforce readiness skills through contextualized learning, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, self-awareness, and professionalism. In compliance with the 6th-12th grade Language Arts Standards of Learning, Stage Write strengthens verbal and non-verbal communication techniques, active listening, word choice, characterization, and overall oral presentation.
Stage Write is led by professional teaching artists versed in the creation of original curriculum, including creative writing, choreography, music, and ensemble training. Students will work with professionals to create work inspired by themes explored in class and in their community. Original artwork, digital photography, and video techniques will all be incorporated in the culminating performance.
Stage Write was launched in October 2014, and the first 12 classes met once a week. They focused on building community and life skills and the exploration of theme and narrative. The second 12 classes began in January 2015, and were geared towards application of these skills through the creation of their final presentation piece for the public in May. Now in its third year, Stage Write serves students at Huguenot High School, Armstrong High School, John Marshall High School and Thomas Jefferson High School. Stage Write is made possible through the generosity of Capital One, The UPS Foundation, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Virginia Repertory Theatre. Photos by Jason Collins Photography.