The Paalam Project


An Exciting Time

Posted by Ruth on October 23, 2010 at 7:23 PM

These past few months have been an exciting time for the Paalam project. In mid- to late-September, playwriting workshops were held at Ramanathan College and St. John's College for students who were interested in the project. Participants came from 10 different schools in the Jaffna district of Sri Lanka. There was a general positive response from most participants, but a general consensus that more encouragement was needed for more students to join the initiative. Therefore, in early October, a letter was sent to teachers in the Jaffna district explaining the importance of their role in motivating students to partake in the Paalam initiative.

Also in early October, a Penn State theatre professor and mentor to Paalam, Dr. Susan Russell, donated 100 copies of her book , Body Language, which is a course guide and how-we-did-it story of allowing youth to utilize the techniques of playwriting and performance. Body Language will be distributed to Sri Lankan professional and local theatre teachers in mid-December and will be a key component of allowing theatre to take root in the youth community instead of becoming a transient force when the Paalam project is completed. A book signing event for Russell's how-to account will take place in October 24, 2010 at the State Theatre.

Lastly, the project has been gaining community recognition through newsletters in the Global Lion, the Centre Daily Times, and PSU-affiliated blogs. 

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