Young Writers of Color Collective (YWoCC)


Are you one of the next, great voices of your generation? Introducing Young Writers of Color Collective (YWoCC)—an exciting, new program developed by TCG Artist-in-Residence Reggie D. White and the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. YWoCC is a year-long playwriting apprenticeship for emerging writers of color in grades 9–11.

YWoCC is lifting the veil of the playmaking process and giving you the chance to experience your passions full throttle. Selected teens will dive deep into a unique course of study under the guidance and mentorship of top Bay Area theatre-makers, including professional playwrights, directors, dramaturgs, and actors. Participants will complete in-depth writing workshops, see local theatre as a group, witness a professional rehearsal process, and create original works to be produced at Berkeley Rep.

For questions or more info, please email teencouncil@berkeleyrep.org.

The application window for the 2017–18 program has closed.

Reggie D. White has appeared on stages across the Bay Area in Shakespeare, musicals, and new works. He was last seen in Berkeley Rep’s Party People before moving to New York, where he has performed off Broadway in For the Last Time and I & You. In addition to his work as an actor, Reggie has also worked as a teaching artist for the past five years with Berkeley Rep, Atlantic Theater Company, StageWrite, and many others. He is currently a TCG Fox Fellow and has also been awarded the Theatre Bay Area Titan Award and RHE Foundation’s Artistic Fellowship.

Reggie D. White and Berkeley Repertory Theatre are participants in the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships, funded by the William & Eva Fox Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group.

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About YWoCC

Young Writers of Color Collective aims to equip the next generation of playwrights with the tools necessary to give voice to their stories, struggles, and triumphs. Over the course of a year, selected high school students will participate in an intense study of playwriting, being taught and mentored by a range of professional Bay Area artists. Each student will be tasked with writing and polishing three original pieces as part of the apprenticeship—one of which will receive a professional staged reading in December 2017. Through spring 2018, students will develop a one-act play. Excerpts of their final piece will be performed in a special event during the 2018 Ground Floor Summer Residency Lab alongside the Bay Area’s most sought-after actors and directors.

In addition to writing sessions, group events will be scheduled, including opportunities to see various Bay Area theatre productions and attend rehearsals for a new play being produced in Berkeley Rep’s 2017–18 season.

YWoCC’s main objective is to bring access, mentorship, and artistic training to Bay Area teens of color, while helping them build a relationship with a premier regional theatre company. YWoCC is born from the belief that it is no longer enough for those of us in American Theatre to say that we want a diverse and young audience without actually doing the work of making the audiences we seek truly believe there is a place for them in our theatres.

How to apply

Bay Area high school students (grades 9–11) who racially/ethnically identify themselves as a young person of color are eligible to apply.

YWoCC is a playwriting program, but writers of all disciplines are welcome to apply (i.e., playwriting, poetry, spoken word, fiction/non-fiction, etc.). No formal writing experience is required.

Ideal applicants are highly motivated, serious-minded individuals who will commit to a year’s worth of training, meeting time, and mentorship, while maintaining academic success outside of the program.

Application form

Students should complete an online application form, which includes:

  • Student info
  • Parent/guardian contact info
  • Two recommenders’ contact info
  • Five short questions (see below)

Questions

Students are asked to answer the following questions as a part of the application (each answer should be 100 words minimum):

  • Who in your life inspires you most? Why?
  • If you could change one thing about the world today, what would it be?
  • What was the last thing you saw/read/heard that “moved” you?
  • What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in the past year?
  • If you could spend a day with anyone, living or dead, who would it be, and what would you do?

Application deadline was May 29, 2017.

2016–17 YWoCC members

2016–17 Young Writers of Color Collective participants