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Season 2 Episode 2: Playwriting

Join writer Jordan Finley and the Globe’s Literary Manager and Dramaturg Danielle Mages Amato to discuss personal playwriting and how to put pen to paper while writing a play or book.

Jordan Marie Finley is a 19-year-old actress, dancer, and writer from San Diego. She is currently pursuing degrees in Writing and Literature and in Acting at UC Santa Barbara. She was the winner of the 2020 California Young Playwrights Contest with her original play Feliz Cumpleaños, and the 2021 winner with The Love Project, being produced in March 2021. Her play Why We March was produced as part of the Amplify initiative at UCSB in November 2020. She has acted and written scenes for ImpACT On Stage and is also a poet and editorial intern for Her Campus at UCSB. Some of Finley’s favorite acting roles have been Charlotte in The White Card and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (UCSB) and Camillo in The Winter’s Tale (The Old Globe’s Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio).

Danielle Mages Amato holds an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy and a Ph.D. in Drama and Theatre from UC San Diego. She currently works as Literary Manager and Dramaturg at The Old Globe. She is a past president and board member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. She spent four years as the dramaturg and literary manager of Studio Theatre in Washington DC. At the Globe, she has overseen eight years of the Powers New Voices Festival and has dramaturged world premieres of plays by Sam Hunter, JC Lee, Matthew Lopez, Itamar Moses, Anna Ziegler, and others. She is the author of The Hidden Memory of Objects, a novel published by Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins.


Katrina Heil is a sophomore at Valhalla High School and a theatre kid through and through. Her favorite roles include Charlotte in Pride and Prejudice (Valhalla High School), Logainne in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (San Diego Junior Theatre), Gladys in An American Christmas (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Little Who Ensemble in Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (The Old Globe), and Louise in Sunday in the Park with George (ion theatre company). She spends her time reading, writing, and spending time with friends and family.

Jada Jackson was last seen in Cancelled with San Diego’s Diversionary Theatre as Kay. She has had a passion for performing since the age of four. She made her debut in Annie with Christian Youth Theater San Diego. Her recent credits include the Without Walls Festival, where she appeared in Hall Pass for Blindspot Collective as Zoey. Jackson is a senior at High Tech High and will continue her education with the pursuit of a B.F.A. She is profoundly grateful to be today’s host for Creative Youth Studio.

Imahni King has been studying and working within performing arts since he was eight years old. Now 18, he is a proud co-founder of Teenage Youth Performing Arts (TYPA) Theatre Company and a computer science major at San Diego City College. After training and honing in various musical skills, King began assisting in workshops, classes, and productions with music as his focus. His musical direction credits include Peter and the Starcatcher (San Diego Junior Theatre) and Tick, Tick... Boom! and Dogfight (TYPA Theatre Company).

Emily Talerman is a senior at La Jolla High School and will be pursuing a B.F.A. in Acting. She has acted and trained with many youth theatre groups throughout San Diego and cannot wait to continue exploring her creativity during The Old Globe’s Creative Youth Studio. In her spare time, she enjoys speech and debate, reading, and going for walks. She thanks you for supporting youth in theatre and for being open minded.

Creative Youth Studio, Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio’s next stage, has joined the roster! Providing a series of professional development opportunities for youth to advance their creative and professional careers, it aims to reach a broad swath of aspiring thespians, including high school theatre enthusiasts and community members new to our programs. Participants will explore audition preparation, portfolio building, voice work, dance, and clowning in free weekly one-hour classes, Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. PDT live on The Old Globe Arts Engagement’s Facebook page.

When: Every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. PT

Where: Arts Engagement Facebook page: The Old Globe Arts Engagement

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