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Each year, thousands of high school students apply to the YoungArts Program to be mentored by the worlds leading artists. In this all-new YoungArts Masterclass special, award-winning playwright John Guare prepares three talented mentees for a career in writing. Selected by YoungArts  the national program that recognizes young aspiring artists and nurtures the arts in America  these student playwrights receive individual instruction from Guare at the American Academy in Rome. Strolling around ancient Roman ruins, the students learn that the past is another place they can learn from  and should draw upon  while writing. Guare provides questions the students can ask themselves when stuck on the dynamic of a scene, and encourages them to explore Rome with a writers eye. After exploring churches, fountains, statues, and even the Teatro Pompeii, the students are asked to write a monologue drawing on their Roman experience using someone elses voice  a character that each student invents. In doing so, Guare makes his students realize that they are already inside the theater  they live it each and every day.

Talking to students

John Guare: A YoungArts Masterclass

Monday, March 4 at 7:30pm

HBO Family