New Wallis Program to Mentor Students Arts Reporters

Members of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle will teach kids aged 12-18 how to write about the arts.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.: The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle have announced the new Wallis Student Arts Reporters Program for students interested in performing arts reporting and criticism.

The program, for students aged 12-18, is an initiative of GRoW @ The Wallis, the Wallis’s education department. The program begins on March 19 with a mandatory workshop where students will learn arts-centered journalistic skills, including how to view productions critically and how to interview artists. The workshop will be led LADCC Vice President Jonas Schwartz (Theatermania.com) and other members of the LADCC, including Dany Margolies (ArtsinLA.com, The Daily News) and Pauline Adamek (ArtsBeatLA.com, Stage Raw).

“As arts reporters and critics, the members of LADCC understand the importance and influence a good mentor can have on your career,” Schwartz said in a statement.

Armed with an official Wallis Student Arts Reporters press pass, notebook, press kits, and up to four tickets, each participant will be expected to review three performances per season across at least two genres (theatre, dance, and/or music). Performances available at the Wallis for participants to review in the spring include The Lightning Thief, The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly, the Erzalow dance company, Seedfolks, and select classical music concerts.

“The Wallis Students Arts reporters program is a great example of how the performing arts world extends beyond the performers onstage, and we are thrilled to support the next generation of arts reporters,” the Wallis’ managing director Rachel Fine said in a statement.

A one-time fee of $50 is required to join the program, but the Wallis can provide financial aid to students in need. For more information contact Debra Pasquerette at debra@thewallis.org.

The Wallis Center for the Performing Arts is located in Beverly Hills and presents theatre, dance, and music performances from across the U.S. and abroad. It is celebrating it’s second season in the fall. The L.A. Drama Critics Circle was founded in 1969 to support and encourage the improvement of theatre in the greater Los Angeles area.

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