Kromrey eighth-grader Taylor Nordeng was one of seven Dane County middle and high school student playwrights whose work was performed by local, professional actors at a recent Playwright Festival at the Overture Center.
Nordeng’s play, “Uprooted,” was the area’s winning middle school level play for Children’s Theater of Madison’s (CTM)Young Playwrights for Change competition. CTM partners with the American Alliance for Theater & Education to offer students the chance to submit their plays to the national Young Playwrights for Change. This year’s theme was Rise Up: Fighting for Love and Inclusion in the Face of Hatred and Bigotry.
Because her play was selected as the winning entry, Nordeng had the opportunity to work with CTM staff and directors to bring her script to life on stage for two performances at the Young Playwrights Festival on May 2.
Four other Kromrey eighth-graders -- Daphne Wu, Catie Harris, Liliana Roden and Franklin Hu -- received special recognition for their play scripts.
Several other plays written by Kromrey eighth-graders were selected to move on for consideration in the CTM Young Playwrights’ experience. These students (pictured above) include Elora Doxtater, Lexi Lund, Maya Lemke, Cate Ohly, Emily Tsipis, Maeve McGinley, Avery Brutosky, Julia Torresani, Christie Munson, Eli Kinne, Michael Lee, Janice Peng, Fei Smith, Griffin Ward, Cecilia Kasper, Evelyn Williams, Emily Lynch, Prisha Rajesh, Ivan Chairz-Lomas, Blaise Lin, Daniel Lee, Arturo Tamayo-Jimenez, Anna Kessenich, Noah Lorman, Alynn McLeod, Joshua Sampson, Cheyenne Halverson, Rowan Hansen, and Kaitlyn Narman.
Special thanks to all of the staff who guided students through the project, including Jean Holman, Marah Larsen, Ruth Frawley and Marisha Ashe.