Play Write

Looking for a great group writing project?

This program introduces theatre as a collaborative art form, providing students the opportunity to expand their four C’s: Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Creativity.

Inspired by a writing prompt connected to their curriculum, or an adaptation of an existing story in the public domain, our theatre professionals guide a group of students to complete a script that will be performed.

During COVID, a group of high school students wrote and performed, via Zoom, a modern adaptation of Hansel & Gretel under the guidance of our Education Director. The final product was an edited Zoom performance, and the video was distributed free-of-charge to our patrons, local libraries, and educators.

PLAY WRITE is now available as a live in-classroom outreach program, with the final product being performed live or virtually.

Upon completion you will be given a permanent link to the story to give to your students to include in their portfolios and share with their friends and families.

Play Write is best for grades 7-12.

If you are interested in learning more, EMAIL US or call us at 782-2211 and we’ll set up a time to chat and help you plan your project.


Watch the Video

The Mostly True Story of Hansel and Gretel – 2020

Written and performed by Students from Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham, Maine

Educational Sponsors

The Public Theatre takes pride in recognizing our educational sponsors. We seek to develop a partnership with local businesses working together for the enrichment of the Lewiston-Auburn area. The following businesses have joined us in this partnership. If you would like to see your company listed here, please contact us regarding sponsorship opportunities.

Educational Underwriters

Austin Associates, CPA

Helen and George Ladd
Charitable Corporation


Cross Insurance
Shubert Foundation
Onion Foundation
Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust

Educational Partners