Today, Stephens presented its first Sprouts Plays for Living production. Stephens is officially the first and only college to affiliate with New York-based Plays for Living.
It’s a tad complicated so read all about it here. I wanted to use this space to tell you more about the two women who made this happen.
Senior Dylan Shelofsky is a theatre major who is also passionate about education. And she is passionate about the kinds of educational messages Plays for Living can get to children in non-threatening, productive ways.
I saw the inaugural play, “What’s the Difference,” at Stephens College Children’s School today. The actors were amazing and a discussion that followed revealed the youngsters got the main point about treating one another with respect despite differences.
Dylan also has a blog with Stephens, Stage Right, where she gives readers a glimpse into her theatre education (which includes performing with the Velvetones).
She’s moving to New York after graduating this May, and I can’t wait to see where her career will take her!
That’s where Sara Crosby moved after she left Stephens and she enjoyed an acting career before becoming a therapist.
She’s been involved in Plays for Living for more than 20 years and also helped Stephens become a Plays for Living affiliate. Crosby is Coordinator of Regional Affiliates for the National Plays for Living, as well as director of an affiliate in Sioux Falls.
“I have always felt that a college setting is the perfect venue for a Plays for Living Theatre Company,” Crosby told me in an e-mail. “Everything is right there at your fingertips. Acting and directing students, counseling education students, human development students, events planning students, marketing students all can come together and learn the joys and frustrations of utilizing their talents within a non-profit, social service model, one that uniquely uses theatre performance as the spring board to open discussion and social change. “
Crosby goes on to write that she “couldn’t be more excited and proud of Dylan and her fellow Sprouts PFL members as they realize our shared vision of a Plays for Living Theatre Affiliate at Stephens. As she graduates from Stephens in May, she leaves quite a legacy!”