May 21, 2013
Neighborhood News Services Milwaukee
Playwriting specialist Fly Steffens is working with a group of students at North Division High School. She challenges them to mine their own thoughts and life experiences for ideas that they might want to write about.
“Prostitution,” says one young woman. “Scars,” adds another. “Sexual violence,” says a third. “Good,” says Steffens, making it clear that she doesn’t think violence is good, but “it’s a good idea to write about.”
She jots down phrases, words and feelings, finding connections among them and imposing a loose order on the seemingly random thoughts.
Steffens is a Milwaukee Repertory Theatre teaching artist who worked with the North Division students as part of a semester-long program that used theatre to teach them about their neighborhoods. The teaching artists were placed in North Division, 1011 W. Center St., and 14 other area schools by Our Neighborhoods: Past Present and Future, a Milwaukee Rep program that ran for 25 weeks this spring.Read the full article at Neighborhood News Services Milwaukee.