Co-presented with Marfa Independent School District

9th Annual High School Playwriting Workshop taught by Playwright Caridad Svich

Marfa ISD High School

April 13-17, 2020 



In April, Marfa Live Arts welcomes Caridad Svich as their 2020 playwright-in-residence. During her time in Marfa, Svich will teach the 9th annual High School Playwriting Workshop in partnership with Marfa Public Schools.


The weeklong workshop will take place Monday-Friday, April 13-17, 2020. Svich will lead 9th-12th grade students through a series of creative writing exercises during English classes—guiding students to develop characters and plots, while pulling from their memories and life experiences. This weeklong workshop results in students writing their own original one-act play. In the nine years of the workshop’s history, students have written over 775 one-act plays.


Svich will serve as judge in reviewing the student plays. Nearly 80 finished plays will be considered for final selection for a staged performance at the Crowley Theater during the 9th Annual One-Act Plays on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. One play from each grade was selected and winners were given prizes and had their names announced at a school assembly. Marfa Live Arts also held a student art contest. The winning artist’s work was used for the poster promoting the event.


As these plays are crafted throughout the week, students find their inner writer’s voice, build self-confidence, and improve critical thinking and writing skills – all of which will serve them as they move towards adulthood. 


Playwriting classes are offered to the school at no cost and the public performance on May 1, will be free and open to the community.


All photos by Jessica Lutz from 2019.

Playwright in Residence Caridad Svich Bio:

Playwright/text-builder, theatre-maker, translator, lyricist, editor, educator, www.caridadsvich.com
Caridad Svich received a 2018 Tanne Foundation Award, the 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the
theatre, a 2018 NNPN rolling world premiere for RED BIKE, 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and
NNPN rolling world premiere for Guapa, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her
play The House of the Spirits, based Isabel Allende’s novel, and the 2018 Ellen Stewart Career Achievement in
Professional and Academic Theatre Award from Association of Theatre in Higher Education. She has won the
National Latino Playwriting Award (sponsored by Arizona Theatre Company) twice, including in the year 2013 for
her play Spark. She has been short-listed for the PEN-West Award in Drama four times, including in the year 2012
for her play Magnificent Waste. Her works in English and Spanish have been seen at venues across the US and
abroad, among them Arena Stage’s Kogod Cradle Series, Denver Center Theatre, 59E59, The Women’s Project,
Woodshed Collective @ McCarren Park Pool, Repertorio Espanol, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Salvage Vanguard
Theatre, Lighthouse Poole UK, Teatro Mori (Chile), Artheater-Cologne (Germany), Ilkhom Theater (Uzbekistan),
Teatro Espressivo (Costa Rica), Welsh Fargo Stage (Wales), Homotopia Festival UK, SummerWorks festival in
Toronto, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival/UK.


Marfa Live Arts and the staged reading are generously supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts, Permian Basin Area Foundation, Still Water Foundation Fund of Permian Basin Area Foundation, and City of Marfa. This program could not be realized without the collaboration of Marfa Independent School District’s Superintendent Oscar Aguero, Principal John Sherrill, PhD and educators Linda Ojeda and Mary Mois. Special thanks to Hotel Paisano, Tim Crowley & Emily Williams of Crowley Theater, Rob Crowley, and Mayor Ann Marie Nafziger, Big Bend Sentinel and Marfa Public Radio.

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