May 25, 2012
Contact: University Relations
Five University of Baltimore playwrights will join UB Theater Events Coordinator and Baltimore playwright Kimberley Lynne in an intensive playwriting residency in Armagh, the oldest city in Northern Ireland, this coming July. During the residency, the writers will interview Armagh residents and develop their stories into short plays that will be performed at the John Hewitt International Creative Writing Festival at the end of the month. The students will blog about their hero's journey throughout their immersion into Irish culture and local folkways.
This coming September, the UB students will perform their short Irish plays as part of Spotlight UB’s 2012-13 season. The plays also will be presented in November at the Maryland Irish Festival, through a sponsorship agreement with Maryland Irish Charities.
More than 30 of Lynne's plays have been produced in Baltimore, Washington, Minneapolis and New York. She also teaches screenwriting at UB, and hosts playwriting workshops throughout Baltimore.
Two of the UB student playwrights' first forays into theater—Courtney Smith's Dangerous Woman and Victoria Williams's Do You Accept This Stranger?—were developed during an undergraduate creative writing class. They will be read as part of Spotlight UB's Emerging Voices Project in June and will undergo further development in a playwriting lab at the University.
Find out more about the John Hewitt International Creative Writing Festival. Follow the UB students' blogs as they travel in Ireland.
Learn more about Spotlight UB.
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