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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.

I Just Really Love White Christmas

My all-time favorite Christmas movie is White Christmas. And since Christmas is my all-time favorite holiday, season, time of year, etc., that might make White Christmas a top contender for my favorite movie of all time. I was raised on it, and I can’t help but admit nostalgia is a huge factor in why I…

You Will Regret It If Your Kid Missed Out On This Movie

Inevitably, an entity, a school of thought, an individual, or an establishment becomes represented by a few key factors. In some forms that factor may be an idea, event, a value, or even in this case a movie. America is just like any other institution or organization, the values that are upheld can be represented…

In the Heights, but where is the history?

In the Heights is a film adaption from the same-name musical by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who later produced the famous Hamilton musical. Released in 2021, the movie is directed by Jon M. Chu, the director of Crazy Rich Asians, and the story focuses on the Latino community in Washington Heights, Manhattan, which…

In The Heights: Being Reminded How Proud I am to be Puerto Rican

Lights up on Washington Heights, up at the break of day. I wake up and I remember that I’ve got to write an essay.  Corny jokes aside, the film adaptation of In the Heights, directed by Jon Chu with music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, starring Anthony Ramos as Usnavi, tells the story of a vibrant community…

Breaking Stereotypes In High School Musical

I’ve watched High School Musical for quite some time as a kid (2006), but I believe rewatching the movie as an adult I understood more things about the movie than before. One of the things that I noticed was how the main character Troy Bolton reversed stereotypes that are usually put on high school athletes.…