Rescripted is thrilled to announce the second session of The Key: Young Critics Mentorship Program, beginning September 18 and hosted this year at Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. Regina Victor, founder of the online arts journalism platform Rescripted and entertainment critic Oliver Sava, created the 10-week training program for Chicago youth in arts criticism. In league with The Chicago Inclusion Project, The Key successfully launched last year at Greenhouse Theater Center with its first group of young writers learning the skills and industry knowledge needed to pursue careers in arts criticism.
Each biweekly meeting of The Key features review workshops, mentor lectures and guest speakers from different areas of the local arts community. The Key students also attend performances in Chicago and use these experiences to hone their reviewing skills. In its inaugural session, The Key reviewed productions from Steppenwolf Theater, Shattered Globe Theatre, First Floor Theater, Firebrand Theatre and TimeLine Theatre. Guest speakers included writer/producer Aaron Carter (Steppenwolf Theatre), playwright Ike Holter (Jackalope Theatre, Goodman Theatre), editors Tasha Robinson (The Verge) and Genevieve Koski (Vox.com), and theater critics Chris Jones (Chicago Tribune), Kerry Reid (Chicago Tribune), Kris Vire (Time Out Chicago) and Loy Webb (Newcity).
Applications for The Key: Young Critics Mentorship Program are currently being accepted on Rescripted’s website (rescripted.org/the-key/) through Monday, Sept. 10 for young writers ages 16 – 23 years old . The session begins Tuesday, Sept. 18 and meets every other Tuesday through November 27. For additional information and inquiries, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.