The Ohio State University at Marion

Student writers & thespians share poignant story inspired by those behind bars

As part of a $6,000.00 grant procured from Theater Masters ("An artistic home to nurture, develop, and introduce the next generation of American Playwrights”), Julia Hansen, executive director of Theater Masters, along with two up-and-coming playwrights, Stephen Cedars and Melisa Annis, will visit Ohio State Marion's Morrill Hall Auditorium on Wednesday, April 19th, 4-7 p.m. to work on a unique project with Ohio State Marion student writers.

Hansen, Cedars, and Annis will be conducting an "Interactive Read-Through Workshop" in the auditorium, in which a number of student thespians on campus will give voice to and work with student writers/directors from Associate Professor, Stuart Lishan's English 2267 course, Introduction to Creative Writing. The goal of the collaboration is to do dramatic readings of their original one act plays, and receive insights and direct feedback from visiting Theater Master professionals.

The characters in the one act plays were partly inspired by student visits with inmates at Marion Correctional Institution during spring semester. These visits were coordinated by Kendra Hovey of Healing Broken Circles, an organization that provides classes to inmates in areas such as theater, language arts, foreign languages, creative writing, and computer programming.

Attendance to the Interactive Read-Through Workshop is free and open to the campus & community. Food will be available for those in attendance. Due to length of the event, attendees may feel free to come and go as schedules allow.