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New Jersey Writers Project | Creative Arts Academy  
NJ Young Playwrights Program | Poetry Out Loud

Our Education Programs serve over 30,000 students a year statewide Pre-K through Adult. We have programs that work in school classrooms and community-based settings, classes for kids and adults at our theatre, contests for young playwrights, and we partner with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts on Poetry Out Loud, the national Poetry Recitation Contest.

We can also custom-design classes for individuals and groups. We have partnered with agencies and community groups to create programs working on diversity issues, senior citizen health and well-being, and teen substance abuse, to name a few. We have created programs for the disabled and for incarcerated youth. We even do birthday parties and can program for other special events.

Our teaching artists are professional writers and theatre artists who understand the value of high quality arts education and how it can work for students aspiring to be artists and students who want the creative and productive life that working in the arts can bring.

Playwrights Theatre's New Jersey Writers Project, a co-sponsored program with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, provides hands-on workshops led by professional writers-in-residence to students in schools and community centers throughout the state reaching over 15,000 students annually. Learn more...

Playwrights Theatre also hosts the New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest and Festival each year. Winning plays from the New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival are staged with professional directors and actors at Premiere Stages at Kean University. Lean more...

NJ Poetry Out Loud (NJPOL) Artists-in-the Schools Program, a partnership between Playwrights Theatre (PTNJ) and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA), places seasoned teaching artists experienced in Poetry Out Loud in the classroom to enhance the school's experience with POL. The hands-on, process- based arts workshops and residencies make a significant impact on the way students comprehend and relate to poetry and they provide teachers with a valuable professional development opportunity. Students and teachers have praised the program's innovative structure and how it has impacted students' academic achievement in Language Arts, improved public speaking and presentation skills while increasing self confidence and building community in the classroom. Learn more...

Playwrights Theatre's Creative Arts Academy offers year round classes for kids, teens and adults in a variety of disciplines including acting, playwriting and musical performance. Our Summer Camp for Kids and Summer Theatre Academy for Teens offers two-week sessions all summer long. Learn more...


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