Center Stage Honors Alia Zerhouni '27
Congratulations are in order for Bryn Mawr second grader Alia Zerhouni, who was selected as one of the 2017 Center Stage Young Playwrights Festival honorees. Alia's play, entitled "The Little Kiwi," was one of only six plays – out of 600 entries – that was selected to be professional staged and performed at Center Stage. From the play description: "It’s never easy to move to a new place, especially if you’re a Little Kiwi. With grouchy neighbors and funny new smells, nothing feels like home. But with a little courage, and a lot of love, Little Kiwi might just find a way to fit in."
For more than 31 years, the Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) has been Center Stage's flagship education program. The program exposes children across Maryland to professional teaching artists and helps students learn the craft of play writing, including communicating their ideas, developing characters, writing dialogue and creating a narrative arc for their stories. Every playwright who submits to the YPF receives constructive feedback, and a handful are chosen either to be professional staged at Center Stage or to receive an in-school reading. Honorees like Alia also have the opportunity to work with a mentor to help them refine and edit their scripts.
Pictured: Alia, third from left, with other YPF honorees and Center Stage’s artistic director, Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE. Photo credit: Tyrone Eaton.