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Grantee: Kemuel DeMoville

Project Title: Two short theatre for youth plays
Year awarded: 2021, Round 3

Kemuel DeMoville is a local, award-winning poet and playwright with an MFA in playwriting from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is an Aurand Harris Fellow by designation of the Childrens Theatre Foundation of America, and his work has been performed in numerous countries throughout the world.

DeMoville is receiving SAGA support to write two short plays based on the concept of “building bridges.” These plays will eventually join a total of seven or eight new short works by DeMoville in a suite of work entitled, Bridges. Once finished, the set of plays will be performed for 5th through 8th graders, offering a nuanced arts and historical experience by a curriculum for teachers.

DeMoville will be creating his new works using a community-based process, where participants in his free workshops are invited to explore the roles of storyteller, history keeper/maker and audience/witness take an active part in expanding living history.