Strategies for Playbuilding is a step-by-step manual for anyone who wants to help young people evaluate what they already know, learn more about the issues that affect them, and turn their perceptions into artistically engaging scripts, song lyrics, or choreography. It offers the reader a comprehensive script-writing process specifically designed to enable participants of different ages, abilities, and experiences to contribute equally - a process that promotes ownership of a script that is the result of the cast's own work, rather than something written for them by an adult. A process that also results in quality work. Strategies for Playbuilding also includes sections on directing, rehearsing, and developing performance skills.
For more than twenty years, Will Weigler has been actively involved in making theatre that promotes positive social change and individual creativity. He has worked with urban and rural theatre companies all over the United States and is a cofounder of Young Actors' Forum, which brings together diverse groups of children and teenagers to create and perform their own plays about issues that matter to them. To learn more about Weigler's collaborative playbuilding workshops, visit his website: www.willweigler.com.