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Paper Wings

rADicAl ImAgInAtIoN (and other sorted pandemic musings)
June 3-4, 2022 Theatre Exile presents rADicAl ImAgInAtIoN (and other sorted pandemic musings); a Paper Wings event featuring original works written by students from Fanny Jackson Coppin and Franklin Learning Center! Presented virtually. 

For this event, 30 students wrote original works using World Building prompts created by our Education Director, Mx. TS Hawkins. Through imaginative and thematic activities, group assignments, and peer review, the students had an opportunity to gain real-world experiences and learn how to collaborate in a writer’s room. rADicAl ImAgInAtIoN (and other sorted pandemic musings) will be presented virtually on Friday, June 3 at 7PM and Saturday, June 4 at 2PM. This event is free to the public, but donations will be accepted with proceeds going towards Theatre Exile’s Education Department to fund future Paper Wings productions. The Saturday, June 4, 2PM presentation will highlight the winner of the Literary Eagle Award! Attendees are required to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets will not be available for purchase on-site.

Want to stay tuned to the minds of our Paper Wings scribes?

See the rADicAl ImAgInAtIoN (and other sorted pandemic musings) recording

Check out photos from rADicAl ImAgInAtIoN (and other sorted pandemic musings)

View our rADicAl ImAgInAtIoN (and other sorted pandemic musings) Commemorative Book

View our Season Highlights in our Fall 2020 Commemorative Mini Monologue Fest Book

About Paper Wings Paper Wings is Theatre Exile’s in-school residency outreach program.  Experienced, professional teaching artists go into the classroom to help students find their creative voices, build bold confidence, work collaboratively, and engage with the world in an empowered way. Each Paper Wings student writes and performs their own work as part of two annual festivals: our Winter Monologue Festival and our Spring Play Presentations.  Working with their teaching artist and classroom teacher, students learn to write and perform original monologues and plays based on themes they want to explore; whether autobiographical or a topical concern, students feel that presented works need a community spotlight. Currently, Paper Wings operates in two schools: Fanny Jackson Coppin (5th-8th grade) & Franklin Learning Center (10th-12th grade). At Coppin, Education Director TS Hawkins works with Kevin Konya and his playwriting class. At FLC, Mx. Hawkins works with Amy Garcia and her Honors French students. Additionally, Paper Wings offers a summer camp program for elementary school-aged students at Columbus Square Park: mycolumbussquare.org Since the program began in 2007, our students have been awarded numerous awards for both monologues and plays, including both first- and second-place awards for monologues and plays from the Philadelphia Young Playwrights festivals.

About The Literary Eagle Award: The Literary Eagle Award was established in the Fall of 2020 by Education Director TS Hawkins to spotlight the youth voice(s) that exemplified exceptional participation and follow-through within Paper Wings! Awarded during the Fall and Spring sessions of the program, participating students have the opportunity to be voted on by their classmates. After all the student votes have been tabulated, the final numbers are reviewed by Theatre Exile’s Education Director and the partnering classroom teachers. The winner is announced during the culminating presentation; the Fall Monologue Fest and/or the Spring 10-Minute PlayFest.

  • Current Winner(s)
    • Johnny Dang – Fanny Jackson Coppin (Grade 7)
    • Ismael Boro – Franklin Learning Center (Grade 12)
  • Past Winner(s)
    • 2021 Winners: Julian Sankey & Kristy Do
      • Runner ups: Natalia Caro-Ceron, Summer Reid & Aleishai Beltran-Barbon
    • 2020 Winners: Denisha Thapa
      • Runner ups: Natalia Caro-Ceron & Hajra Khan

About the Director of Education: TS Hawkins (they/them) is an international author, performance poet, art activist, playwright, and member of the Dramatists Guild. Plays, short works, and books include Seeking Silence, sweet bread peaches (formerly, Cartons of Ultrasounds), Too Late to Apologize, In Their Silence (formerly, They’ll Neglect to Tell You), #RM2B, The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G, AGAIN, #SuiteReality, “don’t wanna dance with ghosts…”, Sugar Lumps & Black Eye Blues, Confectionately Yours, Mahogany Nectar, Lil Blaek Book: all the long stories short, and The Hotel Haikus. Hawkins’ one-act choreopoem, AGAIN, was acknowledged for having the “Best Theater Moment of 2017”. #SuiteReality received the 2017 “Theatrical Reality Check” Surya Bonaly Award, an international publication in WORDPEACE Literary Journal, showcased in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre for the Black Lives, Black Words International Theatre Festival, and shares residence at the Carnegie Mellon University Hunt Library. Cartons of Ultrasounds had the pleasure of returning to New York for a limited off-Broadway run to rave reviews. Recently, The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G graced Australian stages as part of Antipodes Theater Company’s Ricochet Reading Series! Hawkins’ residency credits include National Black Theatre SOUL Producing Resident, Swim Pony Performing Arts TrailOff Writer-in-Residence, 1812 Productions’ Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Residency, Out of Exile Artist-in-Residence, Irondale Ensemble “To Protect, Serve, and Understand”, Painted Bride Art Center’s Souls of Black Folk, and Alphabet Arts Puppets & Poets. Notable writing contributions include Rising Voices: Poems Towards a Social Justice Revolution (University Professors Press), Closet Cases: Queers on What We Wear (Et Alia Press), Family Legacies (SONKU Collective Magazine). WORDPEACE Literary Magazine/vol. 2 Spring Edition, Fragrance of Love (Poet Tree), Long Wharf Theatre Blog Series, The Dramatist – Motivation & Innovative Dramatists issues, and Pandemic of Violence Anthology (North of Oxford Press). Ongoing projects: TrailOff and Community Capital: an Afrofuturism South Philly Walking Experience. tspoetics.com