January 31, 2024 507 PM
MARFA –– In early January Marfa Junior High students participated in the Eighth Annual Marfa Live Arts Playwriting Preparatory Program. Ten of these winning monologues will be presented and brought to life by local Marfa actors at the Winter Theater Showcase hosted at Planet Marfa on Wednesday, February 7 at 5 p.m.
The 10 winning students who will receive prizes and have their pieces performed are seventh graders Jonea Acosta, Mikayla Bentley, Adeline Marquez, Heidi Montes, Tayvian Valenzuela; and eighth graders Adonise Lujan, Austin McGary, Abelardo Marquez, Alberto Salgado and Zoe Tolliver.
During the weeklong workshop, Marfa Live Arts Lead Educator Rachel Tate coached students through a series of sensory and observation exercises to help students find their writers’ voices and show students how to use writing as an effective outlet for self-expression.
“What I’ve seen Marfa Live Arts do is build that student self-confidence,” said
Interim Superintendent Alferez. “This program builds that self-esteem in the student so that they can be writers and tell a story. You have students who can do some self-discovery and have some therapy.”
“It’s a practice that they’ll have as they go on in their studies and in their careers. I feel that it’s a big tool,” he said. “As long as I’m here I’m always going to push for the arts here.”
The Playwriting Prep Program teaches students how to write key components of a play in preparation for the high school Playwriting Program taught by Marfa Live Arts each year. In its 13th year, the annual high school program hosted guest playwright Jasminne Mendez last week and has resulted in over 1,225 one-act plays written by Marfa students.