Did you ever go to art school?

Have you ever had movement or voice training?

Did you have to journal your ‘process?’

Have you ever paid a teacher for a class where you just rolled around on the floor and connected to your swamp?

If you can relate to any of these questions we’re hoping that your teachers made you write journals and that you kept them because now is the time to share your stories with the world.

Sara Bynoe, (me) editor of Teen Angst: A Celebration of REALLY BAD Poetry (St. Martin’s Press, 2005) is compiling an anthology of silly, ridiculous, cathartic, inspiring and amusing  Drama School journal stories. This anthology will be a collection of student’s ‘process,’ life in Drama school.

This anthology hopes to capture the BS in artistic institutions as well as momentous events like, “Today I felt the weight of my head.”

This anthology will give readers an insight into the drama of acting training as well as provide insights into the process of creation and amuse anyone that has gone through similar experiences.

How can you get involved?

1- Go thought your old notebooks that your teachers made you write, your essays and even personal journals and find an entry or two that makes you cringe with embarrassment when you reread them. The cringing means it’s good enough to share.

2- Type up your old notes as you wrote them when you were in school (we’re talking verbatim). Then write a short note (100-500 words) about this experience; maybe you need to set up the situation, or comment on how you feel about this now.

3- E-mail your entry to with the subject line “DRAMA DIARIES”

4- Be sure to include your contact info (name, e-mail, phone number, and address) as well as a short bio about yourself.

5- If your entry is chosen for the final edition we will be sure to send you a copy of the book and an maybe an honorarium.

6- There also hopes to be a performance element in this (the inspiration for this project is my Teen Angst project ) so hopefully we can get something going in London, where I’m currently based.

DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 – of course entries are accepted anytime before then!

LA Opera

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