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Arts Council of Princeton presents Playwright’s Workshop with Artist-in-Residence James Christy September 24 - November 5

Join the Arts Council of Princeton's fall 2013 Anne Reeves Artist-in-Residence, James Christy, in his free Playwright’s Workshop for ages 14-18. The workshops will run from September 24 - November 5 and take place on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:30 pm. Registration is required.

The workshop will use a variety of writing exercises and in-class performances to help students develop new plays. No experience is required but students must be engaged and interested in exploring theater, be willing to fully participate during workshop sessions, and complete writing assignments. Mr. Christy will encourage students to explore stories happening in Princeton and use the two sides of the ACP’s Witherspoon Street and the Jackson-Witherspoon neighborhood as a model to explore stories. The workshop will culminate in a public reading of short pieces from each participant.

Christy states, “I’m excited to teach a workshop playwrighting class for teens. The focus will be learning the craft of playwrighting by telling stories from our community. I’m looking forward to hearing what they have to say.” 

As part of his residency with the Arts Council of Princeton, Christy will also be developing a play called “Egyptian Song.” Christy says the play “follows the life of a young girl growing up in rural Egypt in the 1920s. This play, loosely based on the childhood of the legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum, tackles social, cultural and political issues between the West and the Middle East that we continue to see in the headlines…. While not a musical, the play incorporates some music, and I’ll be using my time with the ACP to collaborate with a musician on songs for the piece.”

The workshop will take place at the Arts Council of Princeton’s Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ. To learn more, visit or call (609) 924-8777. Parking is available in the Spring and Hulfish Street Garages as well as at metered parking along Witherspoon Street and Paul Robeson Place.   

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP), founded in 1967, is a non-profit organization with a mission of Building Community through the Arts. Housed in the landmark Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, designed by architect Michael Graves, the ACP fulfills its mission by presenting a wide range of programs including exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events, and studio-based classes and workshops in the visual, performing and literary arts. Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population in the greater Princeton region.

To learn more and register for the workshop, contact Maria Evans at (609) 924-8777 x105 or email  



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