• White Facebook Icon
  • White Twitter Icon
  • White LinkedIn Icon
  • White Instagram Icon

The Chronicle Newspaper LLC

2843 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823 |  Tel: 1-800-717-6390


Local Contact:  Jay Price (517) 894-4747   or   John Issac Benjamin (517)  703-7518

The Chronicle Newspaper LLC. Copyright ©2017. All Rights Reserved

Please reload

Recent Posts

Cedar Springs Brewing Company announces return of CSBrew Farmers Market

May 15, 2018

Please reload

Featured Posts


May 7, 2017



Date/Time: Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Location: Pasant Theatre
Tickets: FREE public performance
First come, first served seating
Ticket Office:
517.432.2000 or 1.800.WHARTON

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- On Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre, six of mid-Michigan’s top high school playwrights will be recognized as finalists in this year’s Young Playwrights Festival. Each finalist’s project, after a one-of-a-kind mentoring program with theatre professionals, will be directed and performed live at Wharton Center. The Saturday performance is free and open to the public with first come, first served seating.


The Young Playwrights Festival is a collaboration between MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity at Wharton Center and the MSU Department of Theatre. The area’s top student writers submit their one-act scripts to this juried competition in hopes of seeing their work performed live on the Wharton Center stage by MSU Department of Theatre students. Of these entries, six of the top playwrights are chosen to collaborate with professional theatre mentors who will provide creative expertise and guidance as the students workshop their original projects.


Professional theatre mentors include: Joe Zettlemaier, Michigan-based playwright; Pam Sterling, Arizona State University; Joe Giardiana, theatre artist, New York City; Amanda Ewing, University of Michigan; Ken LaZebnik, playwright and screenwriter; and Randy Wyatt, Aquinas College.


The 20th Annual Young Playwrights Festival is made possible in part by Comprehensive Psychological Services, PC, Gannett Foundation; Lansing Sate Journal; University Outreach and Engagement, and Wharton Center Inner Circle.


The 2017 Young Playwrights finalists are:


Playwright                      Teacher/School                     Script Title
Jennifer Nelson              Miranda Keskes                    Hi I Am
                                         Hartland High School
Celia Spink                      Dawn Reed                           Soilmates
                                         Okemos High School
Jessica Wilcoxen           Jean Eddington-Shipman     Brain Matter

                                        Williamston High School
Nora Graham                 Jean Eddington-Shipman      A Quest for Fame

                                        Williamston High School
Michaela Zewde            Jean Eddington-Shipman      Cursed Tongue
                                        Williamston High School
Kayla Effner                    Jean Eddington-Shipman      The Comedy Club

                                        Williamston High School