Eastside Catholic seventh grader Regan Murphy honored as young playwright

Eastside Catholic seventh grader Regan Murphy - Courtesy of Eastside Catholic School
Eastside Catholic seventh grader Regan Murphy
— image credit: Courtesy of Eastside Catholic School

An Eastside Catholic School seventh-grader and Bellevue resident was recognized at a ceremony for young playwrights held on Dec. 9.

Regan Murphy was given an honorable mention by the Young Playwrights Program for her entry, “Humpty Dumpty and the Fall.”

The Young Playwrights Program held its ceremony at the ACT Theatre in Seattle Monday evening.

ACT’s Young Playwrights Program, begun in 2002, is a 10-week curriculum in the trappings of dramatic writing for the stage, from dramatic structure and conflict to creating characters and writing dialogue. Students are taught by teaching artists in the theater community. By the end of the program, each student completes, at minimum, the first draft of a 10-30 minute play.

“(The program) gives our students opportunities to interact with working professionals in the arts,” Eastside Catholic teacher Arlene Naganawa said.

Scenes from student plays were performed by actors at the Monday night ceremony, and eight plays were selected to go on to the Young Playwrights Festival, taking place in early March. The playwrights will be partnered with directors to produce their show.


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