Mayde Creek High School Students Selected as HYPE Finalists

The Tony Award winning Alley Theatre announced that Mayde Creek senior theatre students Katie Morrison and Gerardo Velasquez were selected as two of the top 6 finalists for the Houston Young Playwrights Exchange (HYPE). 

HYPE finalist playwrights spend six weeks developing their scripts in an intensive workshop with Alley Education staff and guest artists. The workshop culminates with a weekend of staged readings on the Alley’s Neuhaus Stage. Selected playwrights will receive a $500 stipend for participating in the workshop.

Katie Morrison’s play Pamoja Na Wema takes its title from a Swahili phrase meaning “with kindness” and examines how one act of random kindness makes a difference in the life of its protagonist.

Gerardo Velasquez’s play Soup and Gift Baskets finds its protagonist dealing with a diagnosis of cancer and how it may affect the most important relationship in his life.

Click here for more information about the HYPE program.