Throughout the rehearsal process, finalists in the Acting category took a crash course in playwriting focused on learning how to generate material for the actor to perform themselves. The process touched on reading great writing in the genre, systems for analyzing successful writing for performance, practicing productive strategies for artist-to-artist peer feedback, and exercising the separate writing and revising muscles.
Finalists wrote two to three short pieces in three weeks. Throughout, the young people were encouraged to cultivate their own unique voices and perspectives as artists.

Kevin Engel’s Shimmer

Jataya Mayo’s Shimmer

Kristina Silva’s Shimmer

Esmeralda Trevino’s Shimmer

Kellyn Tuttle’s Shimmer