The Wheelock Family Theatre holds a variety of special events throughout the year—celebrating key holidays, important milestones and influential people. Check back often as we add new events, including those for our current season.
2014 WHEEL Award Honoring Grace Lin
Wheelock Family Theatre established the WHEEL Award in 2002 to recognize individuals who share the Theatre’s commitment to children and families and the arts. Past recipients include Fred M. Rogers of the beloved television show Mister Roger’s Neighborhood; Eric Carle, the acclaimed creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and more than seventy picture books for very young children; and Peter Paul & Mary, the celebrated folk singing trio.
Friday April 11 and Saturday April 12, 2014.
Proceeds from the WHEEL Award support the WFT Theatre for All Fund, providing free tickets and class scholarships to over 7,000 children, families, and organizations each season.
To learn how to become a WHEEL Award Sponsor and attend the 2014 festivities which include premium seating for a performance of "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon", please download this information packet.
After attending the Rhode Island School of Design, Grace quickly set out to achieve her dream of creating children's books. Her first—THE UGLY VEGETABLES—was published in 1999 to immediate acclaim, winning honors from the American Booksellers Association (Pick of the List) and Bank Street College (a Best Book of the Year), among others.
Grace followed that success with the publication of over a dozen more books, including DIM SUM FOR EVERYONE!, LISSY'S FRIENDS, THE YEAR OF THE DOG (her first children's novel), and THE YEAR OF THE RAT. Her early reader LING & TING was recognized with the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor in 2011. Grace, herself, has been honored by the Boston Public Library with the Literary Lights for Children Award and was an Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nominee for the United States.
Grace’s novel, WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON, was awarded the 2010 Newbery Honor, chosen for Al Roker's Today Show Kid's Book Club, and was a New York Times Bestseller. A dramatization of the novel had its world premiere at Stages Theatre Company in 2012; Wheelock Family Theatre will present the production for the first time on the East Coast in spring 2014. Grace’s latest novel, STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY, was published by Little, Brown in 2012 and is a follow-up to WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON.
Most of Grace Lin’s books are about the Asian-American experience because she believes, "Books erase bias, they make the uncommon everyday, and the mundane exotic. A book makes all cultures universal."
Wheelock Family Theatre Emerging Playwrights Program Now Accepting Applications for the 2014 Programs
Wheelock Family Theatre (WFT) is pleased to introduce you to our Emerging Playwrights Program! The EPP is designed to inspire, motivate and support rising sophomores and juniors in the public high schools of Boston who have an aptitude for writing and a specific interest in developing their playwriting skills.
A primary part of WFT’s mission has been to provide theatre experiences that are accessible to a diverse population, whether in the audience, on the stage, or behind the scenes. This ties into Wheelock College’s larger mission of improving the lives of children and families. The Emerging Playwrights Program was created in Fall 2012 with the intention of supporting these missions through providing students the additional opportunity to bring to life their own ideas.
The EPP caters to students at all levels of writing ability: those with advanced writing skills, those just beginning, and everyone in between. We are hoping to involve students who are interested in the arts and have a creative spark that can be further nurtured. We have structured the program to develop students’ creative expression, analytical thinking, and confidence in expressing their own voice through writing.
We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2014 semester. Students who are currently freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to apply. We will select up to seven young playwrights from across the city of Boston. Applicants will be notified in mid-May regarding their acceptance. Starting in September, the Emerging Playwrights will attend a total of 5 playwriting workshops and 2 rehearsals of their scripts (all on weekend afternoons), work with prominent local guest playwrights, and begin development of a 10-minute play. Students will be paired with professional directors and with actors who will help the playwrights revise their scripts prior to the final readings. The program will culminate in a staged reading of their new works at Wheelock Family Theatre on December 14th, 2014.
For interested applicants, we will be holding an information session at Wheelock Family Theatre on Saturday, March 15th from 10 to 11:30pm at Wheelock Family Theatre. We ask that you encourage your students to apply for this exciting opportunity! Applications are due on April 4th, 2014. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact EPP Associate Director Stephen Reinstein.
About the Emerging Playwrights Program
The Emerging Playwrights Program for Boston Public Schools (BPS) is a new Wheelock Family Theatre (WFT) initiative designed to inspire, motivate, and support BPS students who have an aptitude for writing and a specific interest in developing their playwriting skills. The EPP caters to students at all levels of writing ability: those with advanced writing skills, those just beginning, and everyone in between. We are involving youth who are interested in the arts and have a creative spark that can be further nurtured. The program is structured to develop students’ creative expression, analytical thinking, and literary skills while expressing an individual voice and view through writing. The Emerging Playwrights will attend workshops led by Boston’s leading playwrights and will also attend performances at professional theatres as part of the program. EPP Advisory Board Members include: John ADEkoje, Artistic Director and theatre faculty, Boston Arts Academy; John Bay, WFT Director of Education; Shelley Bolman, WFT Assistant Producer; Carole Charnow, President and CEO, Boston Children’s Museum; WFT Advisory Board Member; Robert Colby, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Emerson College; Chris Cook, Director of Arts, Tourism and Culture, Mayor’s Office, Boston; Rashad Cope, Director, Mattahunt Community Center; Jacarrea Garraway, EPP Alumna; Donna Glick, Director of Education, the Huntington Theatre Company; Melodi Green, Manager, The Strand Theatre, Dorchester; Kirsten Greenidge, playwright; Marjorie Hall, Chair of the Arts, Wheelock College; Susan Kosoff, playwright; co-founder, Wheelock Family Theatre; Wendy Lement, Director, Emerging Playwrights Program; Producer, Wheelock Family Theatre; Myran Parker-Brass, Executive Director for the Arts, Boston Public Schools; Jenne Powers, Director of the Writing Center, Wheelock College; Stephen Reinstein, Associate Director, Emerging Playwrights Program; WFT Box Office Manager; M. Lynda Robinson, playwright; WFT faculty member; Candelaria Silva, marketing consultant, Door2Door Arts; Community Membership Program Coordinator, the Huntington Theatre Company; Kate Snodgrass, playwright; Artistic Director, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; Donna Sorbello, actress, writer, and instructor of acting and theatre; Meegan Turet, Fine Arts Chair, Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School; Scott Votel, Director of Composition Programs, Wheelock College; Susan Werbe, Executive Producer, Great War Theatre Project.
Wheelock Family Theatre Education Programs
Director of Education: John Bay, 617-879-2252
EPP Information: Stephen Reinstein, 617-879-2300
Producer: Wendy Lement, 617-879-2289
Thank you so much, for yet another wonderful performance. And also for so much more than that. It's hard to express from a parent's perspective how much my son has grown these last few years. His life in the theatre - particularly, somehow, these two musical weeks you put on every summer - have given him strength and purpose and poise. We are so very grateful.