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…to place for student authors to contemplate performance as an artistic and cultural practice; to ask questions about the impact of stage representation on who we are and where we live; to celebrate the stage as a place that demands our engagement in ideas and stories that matter.


The Writing Stage asks student writers to recognize and acknowledge the ways in which their language reaches a public audience. As a theatre educator, I’ve watched students pour hours and hours into a performing monologue on stage, exploring a character’s given circumstances and motivations with a wide range of acting choices involving variations of movement, facial expression, and vocal tone, tempo, and register. Yet, some of the same students grow frustrated at the revision and editing process necessary to writing, of finding the right words in the right combination to communicate their ideas on the page. To help student writers give their readership the same thoughtful attention and respect as an actor would give their audience is the goal of The Writing Stage.

Essay 1:Identity on the Musical Stage

So far this semester we have watched a couple of musicals that I find interest in. The two that I will talk about today is The Newsies and The Prom, because both of the films showcase identity on a musical stage. There is an LGBTQ+ image on this blog because of the character Emma from…

Not Too Lesbian for a Kids’ Movie – Where The Prom Went Wrong

Let’s talk about The Prom. Specifically, let’s talk about Emma. Emma’s the main character of Netflix’s 2020 musical special The Prom, a story about a lesbian teen in small town Edgewater, Indiana who just wants to dance with her girlfriend at the prom. Based off a true story, the star-studded production retells Emma’s conflicts with her high…

Stereotypes Within The Prom

Will Sheppard Ryan Murphy’s version of The Prom, which is basically hidden in the depths of Netflix, is an attempt at taking down issues of the LGBTQ community. This becomes problematic because of the gender and sexuality stereotypes within, as they ultimately took over the goal as a whole. We start off the musical In…

I LOVE THIS CINDERELLA MOVIE SO I HAVE TO CRITIQUE IT

BY Donny Probably the best cinderella movie I have seen to date, why you might ask? Because it is inclusive. Anyone watching it in the United States or anywhere can relate to the actors in the show because of how diverse they are. I am not a big fan of theater shows, but because of…

Why Queer People Love Jack Kelly and the Newsies

Queer people love musicals.  It might as well be a fact. With all of the glitz and glamour, it allows for freedom of expression in a way that isn’t allowed in many other places. You can be as excessive as you want – in fact, it’s even encouraged, in the name of entertainment. But what…

Forced Romance- The Undoing of Jeff Calhoun’s Newsies

Disney’s 2017 adaptation of Newsies, directed by Jeff Calhoun and starring Jeremy Jordan as Jack Kelly and Kara Lindsay as Katherine Pulitzer, is a charming musical showcasing the story of young newspaper sellers as they strike against the monopolist Joseph Pulitzer. Sadly, however, for all its charisma, the musical does little to break free of…